Great news! San Francisco’s first-in-the-nation law requiring warnings of increased risks of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay on ads for sugary drinks can take effect in July as scheduled. Truth in advertising has thwarted Big Soda’s relentless and misleading marketing of unhealthy products.
By Jessica Ng Luna Klein, MPH Candidate in Public Health Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley, CCPHA Summer Intern.
Exciting news! San Francisco becomes a nationwide leader in the effort to warn consumers about health risks linked to sugary drinks! The city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed *THREE* sugary drink ordinances Tuesday, June 9, 2015!
By Dana Woldow, Food Advocate.
By Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment
Unlike a financial collapse or a terrorist attack, the obesity crisis our nation now faces was not triggered by a shocking event, and without a catalyzing shock to trigger a collective sense of urgency, it is nearly impossible to spark political action. As a result, the political response to the nation’s most significant health and economic threat falls somewhere between complete paralysis and utter disregard.
By Harold Goldstein, Exec Director of CA Center for Public Health Advocacy
Coca-Cola's newest advertising campaign invites Americans to "come together" to address what they acknowledge is a leading issue of 2013: obesity. Sweetened by Coca-Cola's trademark of touching images, feel good music and sprinkling of nostalgia, the Atlanta beverage giant makes a play at convincing us that they want to be leaders in tackling the nation's weight problem. If you did not know better, it almost works.
For those of you who have not cruised lately on Royal Caribbean® Cruises, you may be unfamiliar with the latest advances in soda machines. Well you’re in for a surprise. But let’s step back and consider why Coca-Cola® may have thought this technology-intensive interface was good idea…
As the 2012 London Olympic Games conclude, the TV talking heads will highlight the triumphs and tragedies of the competitions, and consider the lasting legacy of the games. Sure, soccer fans will remember the determination and elegance of the US women's soccer final victory over Japan and everyone will remember the unparalleled careers of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. But, perhaps someday, we can all look back on the 2012 games as the last Olympics when fans were inundated by relentless advertising of unhealthy beverages and food.