New Colorado Health Coalition Submits Language for a Sugary Drink Excise Tax


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A new coalition has joined together as the Healthy Boulder Kids, aimed to help advocate healthier changes for kids in the state to have equal access to healthy foods and opportunities for activity.

The group also is aiming to help prevent childhood health risks like diabetes and obesity and is submitting language for an excise tax on distributors of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks that contain at least 5 grams of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or other added sweeteners per 12 fluid ounces.

The measure would provide funding for programs that give greater access and opportunity for healthy foods and exercise for families and children living in Boulder. It would also not tax 100 percent fruit juice, vegetable juices (with no added sweeteners), milk products, liquid medicines, alcohol and baby formula.

The coalition has until June 28th to collect and submit signatures required to qualify for the November ballot.

Latino kids ages 0-5 consumption of sugary drinks is higher than the overall average, and with every sugary drink consumed, diet-related risks of diabetes increases.

Healthy Boulder kids explains that Boulder’s obesity rate has doubled since 2000.

To learn more about this initiative, click here.

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