When the mayor of Philadelphia first proposed a 3 cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, the American Beverage Association was quick to finance a campaign railing against it.
The Philadelphia City Council approved a tax on sweet drinks Thursday, becoming the first major city in the country to pass such a levy and overcoming a multi-million dollar campaign by the beverage industry to oppose it.
Before dozens of cheering supporters in City Hall, Mayor Kenney signed the sweetened beverages tax into law Monday.
A proposed ballot initiative could make Portland, Oregon, the third high-profile city in the country to put a special tax on sugary drinks.
Boulder County commissioners voted Tuesday to support a citizen-initiated municipal ballot measure that would impose a new 2 cents per ounce city of Boulder excise tax on distributors of sodas and other sugary drinks.
Major manufacturers are reducing the amount of sugar in soft drinks ahead of the government’s sugar tax, although sticky problems remain.
The City of Springdale is the first city in Arkansas to have a mandate endorsed by the AHA that implements evidence-based nutrition standards for healthier food and beverages in city-owned or leased vending machines.
Parents, teachers, and school officials work hard to help kids eat healthier and more nutritious foods—be it at home or in the school cafeteria. But that hard work often turns into frustration when the efforts to create good eating habits run up against the pervasive marketing by the junk food and sugary drink industries.
‘m also an advocate for healthy kids and communities, and spend a lot of time working with other parents, schools and decision makers to ensure that all kids have access to healthy and nutritious foods.