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2011 Soda and Video Games Tax in New York



In January 2011, New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D- New York City) introduced H.B. 843 that would impose additional tax of 1/4 of 1% on certain food and sugary drinks, and on video games, commercials, and movies, and create a Childhood Obesity Prevention Fund with the revenues. The bill didn't pass, but Ortiz remains a strong advocate for Latino health issues in New York and across the ...

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Banning Energy Drinks on SNAP in Texas



On January 15, 2013, Texas State Representative Terry Canales (D- Edinburg) introduced a bill that would ban energy drinks from being purchased with SNAP benefits. Energy drinks, full of caffeine and sugar, have been linked to poor health, especially in young ...

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Banning Soda on SNAP in Illinois



In January 2012, Illinois State Representative Micheal Zalewski (D- Chicago) introduced a bill that would ban on the use of SNAP benefits to purchase sugar sweetened beverages. As of March 2012, the bill was referred to the rules committee, where it ...

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Health Professionals Petition FDA to Limit Added Sugar



The Center for Science in the Public Interest along with 10 health departments, 20 health and consumer organizations, and 41 health professionals has sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking them to rethink the role of sugar in the American diet. Among the specific requests, the petition asks the FDA to work with the food industry to limit the sale of over-sized sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants and in vending machines. The petition also asks the FDA to initiate a rule-making process to ensure that the content of sucrose and high fructose corn syrup in beverages is limited to safe levels consistent with authoritative recommendations. Consuming too much sugar has been linked to all sorts of health problems, including childhood obesity. Since minority ...

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Soda and Video Game Tax



While New York City is trying to reign in sugary drink consumption by banning large sodas, the state of New York is joining the fight. A group of state assembly members have introduced H.B. 2982 that would impose a tax on some junk food, like sugary drinks and snacks. But the bill takes it even further. It would also impose a tax on certain video games, compact discs, and other media. All the revenue would be put into a childhood obesity prevention ...

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Soda Tax in Texas 2013



A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is back on the table in Texas. In late January 2013, State Representative Joe Farias( D- San Antonio) introduced two similar bills, that would tax sugary drinks and then use some of the revenue raised to fund children's health programs. Similar bills were introduced in 2012 and subsequently died in committee. Both 2013 bills met the same fate this summer, but they did bring awareness to the health risks of drinking too many sugary ...

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2011 Soda Tax in Arizona



In early 2011, Arizona State Representative Matt Heinz (D-Tucson) introduced a tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The bill died in committee. This was the fourth attempt at levying a tax of some kind on sugar-sweetened beverages in ...

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Austin City Council Discusses Pocket Park for the Lamar/Justin Lane Site



Residents from the Crestview Neighborhood Association and the Brentwood Neighborhood Association in Austin, Texas expressed a desire to use a 5.5 acre, city-owned, piece of land, for a new park. According to an agenda from the Austin City Council, a resolution to evaluate the feasibility of using property located at 6909 Ryan Drive, for the creation of a pocket park, was brought before the council. The council approved the resolution and the result is a report which outlines the community vision, the current regulatory authority, existing conditions and development scenarios, and open space opportunities, among other items. More Information Austin City Council Agenda, January 17, 2013 The Austin City Council discussed item (no. 54) on the agenda, a resolution which asks the city ...

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Coca-Cola’s Anti-Obesity Ad Used to Market Soda to Hispanics



Hispanics suffer disproportionately from obesity, yet companies like Coca-Cola continue to target Latinos with advertisements. Now Coca-Cola is using anti-obesity ads to create a positive image for their brand, which knowingly sells products high in sugar and fat. Producers of sodas and sweetened beverages recognize that Hispanics are a group with a high buying power. For Coca-Cola Latinos' buying power has reached over $1 billion for their products. Because the industry is subject only to self-regulation, vulnerable groups continue to be the target of their marketing ...

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