Oct 6 2013
by Dr. Jeff Ritterman, MD Former City Councilman from Richmond, CA
Will Telluride be the first town in the U.S. to establish a significant sugary drink tax to combat the obesity epidemic? Battle lines are being drawn, and I am told that this initiative is controversial even in a town that has banned plastic bags!
What’s at stake is the health of our children. I say “our” even though I live in California because whatever is decided in Telluride will reverberate throughout the nation and the world.
Mar 5 2013
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.
Feb 24 2013
Kick the Can is excited to announce that our parent organization, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), is sponsoring two healthy beverage bills for the 2013 California legislative session! The first bill will tax sugary drinks and the second will increase access to healthy drinks on state property.
Feb 13 2013
Jan 23 2013
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.