American Heart Association

Berkeley, California, passes historic sweetened-drink tax

Voters made history Tuesday in Berkeley, California, by imposing a per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages – a result welcomed by proponents as a breakthrough in the fight against America’s obesity epidemic.

San Francisco also had a measure on the ballot, but it did not pass by the […]

State initiatives and recent developments involving sugar-sweetened beverages

Some state initiatives and recent developments involving sugar-sweetened beverages:

The California Senate in early June passed a “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act,” which would require a warning label on bottles and cans of sugar-sweetened drinks sold in the state that contain 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces.
The Los […]

Soda debate bubbling across the country

In an attempt to reverse the obesity epidemic, lawmakers and health officials across the nation are considering new laws and taxes.

Legislation in California calls for the nation’s first warning labels on sugary drinks. A soda tax is being debated in Illinois, and New York City’s 2012 efforts to ban […]

First Lady calls for limiting junk food marketing, expanding free school meals

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out new restrictions on Tuesday, limiting junk food and sugary drink marketing in schools.

The new rules prohibit  advertisements for unhealthy foods on school campuses. Also included are bans on sugary drinks ads, the bulk of what is marketed to […]

Study shows that fast food advertising penetrates schools

Most students attend schools where they are exposed to fast food and beverages through meals, advertising and promotions, according to a study released Monday.

Ten percent of elementary school and 30 percent of high school cafeterias serve branded fast food weekly, while 19 percent of high schools served these foods […]

Schools serving up better options help reverse obesity

Schools across the country are taking several steps to fight obesity by providing healthier foods, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study surveyed more than 800 school districts in all 50 states and the District […]

Study: Half-cent tax does not impact consumption of sugary drinks

The consumption of sugary drinks will not be impacted by a half-cent per ounce tax, according to new data published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, examined how a sugar-sweetened beverage tax would impact consumers. […]