What's Happening: Campaign List
Arizona in ACTION is encouraging businesses, schools, cities, counties, and government agencies to provide more nutritional options in vending machines so that all consumers have an opportunity to make a healthy choice no matter where they are in Arizona.
Sentate Bill 622, introduced on February 22, 2013 by Senator Monning, would establish a penny-per ounce tax on drinks with added sugar or high-calorie sweeteners. Funds from this tax would go to the Children’s Health Promotion Fund, to be spent on childhood obesity prevention activities. This bill was held in appropriations committee on May 28, 2013; the committee will revisit the bill in January 2014.
The California Department of Public Health, through the Network for a Healthy California, supports the development of healthy beverage messages and materials. Eleven Regional Network collaboratives engage community partners in promoting healthy beverage messages for low-income Californians. Project LEAN works to increase the availability of healthy beverages in workplaces, schools, and government facilities through systems, policy, and environmental change in selected counties.
The California Center for Public Health Advocacy works with cities in LA County to establish nutrition standards for beverages and food; CCPHA’s statewide campaign Kick The Can: CA promotes several beverage policy reforms.
House Bill 5858, introduced on January 25. 2013 by Assemblyman Lemar, would establish a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and junk food. Funds raised by this tax would go to city health and nutrition programs.
Senate Bill 646, introduced on January 18, 2013 by Senator Green, would establish a penny-per-teaspoon tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, syrup, and powder. Funds raised by this tax would go into the community health centers special fund and the trauma system special fund.
House Bill 854, introduced on January 24, 2013 by Assemblyman Souki, would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Funds raised by this tax would go to the Obesity Prevention Special Fund, which would support obesity prevention efforts.
Senate Bill 1085, introduced on January 24, 2013 by Senator Mercado Kim, would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Funds raised by this tax would go to the Obesity Prevention Special Fund, which would support obesity prevention efforts.
The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is engaging in public education and direct-action organizing to: (1) decrease consumption of sugar-loaded drinks, (2) increase the understanding of the link between sugar-loaded drinks and obesity and (3) raise awareness about the economic and health benefits that an excise tax on these beverages would have in Illinois, and (4) encourage hospitals to change their beverage environment. Tool kits with model policies and best practices will be disseminated, and technical assistance will be provided to collaborating hospitals.
The Bureau of Health Promotion at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment created Refresh Kansas to support the JUST ADD WATER!, a public health intervention to raise awareness about the benefits of water and the risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks.
House Bill 1, introduced on January 28, 2013 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, would repeal the sales tax exemption for “soft drinks” and candy (currently 6.25%). Soft drinks are defined as non-alcoholic beverages that contain natural or artificial sweeteners, but not including beverages that contain milk or milk products, soy, rice or similar milk substitutes, or vegetable or fruit juice. A group of public health students, pediatricians, and other community members have been campaigning the Massachusetts legislature to eliminate the sales tax exemption on candy and soda for some time.
House Bill 2634, introduced on January 11, 2013 by Representative Khan, would assess a tax on candy, confectionaries, and soft drinks. Funds from the tax would support childhood obesity prevention efforts.
The Minnesota Dental Association has a state wide education program aimed at reducing sugary drinks called "Sip all day get decay." Catalyst and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota are leading a statewide Campaign to engage teens in the issue and create awareness on the amount of sugar in sweetened beverages, and the danger of too much sugar.
The Missouri Dental Association has a state-wide education program aimed at reducing sugary drinks called "Stop the Pop."
Senate Bill 447, introduced on January 23, 2013 by Senator Bill Avery, would end the sales tax exemption for soda, sports drinks, and other soft drinks. Milk, milk substitutes, and fruit and vegetable juices would continue to be exempt. The money collected would be used to fight childhood obesity and increase the health of Nebraska children. One-third of it would be earmarked for projects aimed at keeping children out of the child welfare and juvenile justice system.
The New Mexico Healthier Weight Council is working on implementation of regulations that eliminate the provision of sugary drinks in state licensed childcare facilities, a change enacted in 2010.
The New York State Association of County Health Officials is issuing small grants to some local county health departments to increase the availability of healthier beverage choices in the vending machine of County operated buildings.
House Bill 7432, introduced on May 16, 2013 by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Revenue from this tax would go to the Children's Health Promotion Fund, which would finance efforts to combat childhood obesity.
The Pennsylvania Dental Association has adopted Missouri's state wide education program "Stop the Pop."
The Vanderbilt University chapter of the American Medical Student Association lead an effort to impose a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-based beverages. Proceeds from the tax would be used to reduce TN's sales tax on food. The effort is aimed at reducing the state's childhood obesity rate, one of the highest in the U.S.
House Bill 735, introduced on January 25, 2013 by Representative Joe Farias, would establish a 5-cent per 12 fl.oz tax on sugary drinks in cans, bottles or from soda fountains. Rep. Farias said the tax will be used to help with child-related heath issues and that revenue will be split -- 40 percent for the "children’s health promotion account," which includes funding for education, and 60 percent for the general fund. Several beverages would not be included in the tax, such as 100 percent-fruit drinks, alcohol and sports drinks.The Drink Well Texas campaign is designed to fight obesity by reducing Texans' consumption of sugary drinks. The Campaign is identifying allies, educating the public, and supporting targeted policies, including a statewide penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drinks. The campaign is led by Texans Care for Children.
House Bill 779, introduced on January 30, 2013 by Representative Farias, would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Funds raised by this tax would go to the Children's Health Promotion Account, which would support obesity prevention efforts in schools.
Senate Bill 493, introduced on February 12, 2013 by Senator Lucio Jr., would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Funds raised by this tax would go to the general fund.
House Bill 234, introduced by in February 2013 by Representative David Sharpe, would establish an excise tax of 1-cent per ounce on drinks with added sugar or high-calorie sweeteners. Half of the revenue from the proposed tax would fund the Vermont Healthy Weight Initiative Fund, and the second half would fund the State Health Care Resources Fund. The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont supports efforts to enact a statewide penny an ounce SSB tax via a public education campaign.
House Bill 418, introduced on March 13, 2013 by the Committee on Health Care, would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Funds from this tax would go to the State Health Care Resources Fund and the Combating Obesity Fund.
As part of a proposed budget to be implemented in July of 2013, Governor Christine Gregoire proposed a candy and soda tax in December of 2012. The tax revenues would be used to fulfill an award issued by an independent arbitrator in October to give pay raises to the state’s home-care workers.
House Bill 2060, introduced on February 18, 2013 by State Delegate Manypenny, would establish a $0.01 excise tax on 16.9 fluid ounces of sugary drinks and 28.35 grams of dry mixture. The bill would also establish a tax of $0.80 per gallon of sugared-syrup $0.84 per 4 liters of syrup. Revenue from these taxes would go to the State Parks Maintenance and Improvements Fund.
Challenge Chippewa, a nutrition and physical activity action team of the Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership Coalition is leading a campaign to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among youth in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, by raising community awareness and working towards environmental and policy change.
The Boston Public Health Commission has initiated an extensive campaign to encourage healthy beverage consumption that includes educating consumers and developing policies Campaign materials include Rethink Your Drink stoplight posters, youth-oriented Fat Smack and parent-directed media campaigns, Soda-Free Summer. The campaign includes policy work to secure city and organizational policy changes that make it easier for Boston residents to make healthy beverage choices. The Commission is also working with 10 Boston Hospitals to discourage consumption of sugary beverages in their institutions. They are removing high-sugar beverages and replacing them with healthier options; displaying educational "Red-Yellow-Green" stoplight images about choosing healthy beverages; installing free water dispensers; and patient education and staff training. The Boston Medical Center is running a campaign called "No Sugary Drink Rx" that enlists pediatricians to hand out a "prescription" not to drink sugary drinks.
On June 18, 2012, Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis proposed a city wide limit on the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants. The matter was referred to the City Council's Community Health Committee for further study.
Cook County, Illinois
CLEAN UP Rethink Your Drink is an educational campaign of the Cook County Department of Public Health designed to educate suburban Cook County residents on the health risks associated with drinking sugar loaded beverages and why it is better to choose healthier options.
Contra Costa County, California
Healthy and Active Before 5 Pledge the Practice Pass the Policy, a project run by a county collaborative in Contra Costa County, California, provides resources and tools for obesity prevention policy work. No sugar sweetened beverages or 100% fruit juice is one policy goal of the project which aims to get organizations – especially organizations working with families with very young children to adopt policies. To date, 14 organizations have adopted no sugar sweetened beverage policies.
El Monte, California
On November 6, 2012, El Monte voters rejected the proposed fee of one-cent-per-ounce of sugar-sweetened beverage provided, or traded by businesses in the city, called Measure H. However, voters approved the accompanying Measure C which advised the city council to spend the funds from Measure H on obesity prevention programming, but Measure C has no effect without the passage of Measure H. Even though the El Monte soda tax didn’t pass, the campaign moved the sugary drink debate forward by leaps and bounds.
Howard County, Maryland
In December of 2012, Howard County launched the Howard County Unsweetened campaign, a multifaceted, community-wide campaign to reduce childhood obesity by helping youth and parents choose unsweetened beverages. The campaign includes the Better Beverage Finder website that lets the public search for healthy beverage alternatives and displays where in the county those drinks can be found.
Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Choose Health LA initiative is exposing the dangers of excessive consumption of sugary drinks through a public education campaign that asks, "You Wouldn't Eat 22 Packs of Sugar, Why Are You Drinking Them?"
Multnomah County, Oregon
The Multnomah County Health Department's Community Wellness and Prevention Program, has a campaign to educate county residents about the amount of sugar they are unknowingly consuming in sugary drinks and to raise public awareness about how the extra calories consumed through sugary drinks are helping to drive the obesity epidemic. The campaign encourages water as a healthy alternative.
New York, New York
New York City Board of Health has approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule limiting the size of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts to no more than 16 ounces. Download the Board of Health’s presentation on the rule which lays their argument and responds to the opposition’s claims.
The New York City Pouring on the Pounds educational campaign aims to alert New Yorkers to the shocking amounts of added sugar in their everyday drinks and the serious health effects from all of the extra calories. In January 2012, cut your portion size media campaign was launched to inform New Yorkers about increasing portion sizes. Both campaigns are lead by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene which is happy to share its posters/videos.
"Do you know what your kids are drinking?" is a media campaign that raises awareness of Philadelphia caregivers of young children about the health effects of sugary drinks, particularly the connection with weight gain and Type 2 diabetes. The campaign is one component of Get Healthy Philly - a cross-cutting initiative with government and community partners designed to make it easier for Philadelphians to eat healthy and be active.
On November 6, 2012, the city of Richmond placed before voters a two-part proposal: (1) Measure N- a fee of one-cent-per-ounce of sugar-sweetened beverage served, provided, or traded by businesses in the city; (2) Measure O- which advised that the tax revenues from Measure N be used to fund projects to prevent and treat diabetes and childhood obesity. Measure N was rejected by the majority of voters, while Measure O was approved. But as written, Measure O has no effect without the approval of Measure N. Despite the loss, Richmond stepped out as a leader by proposing a soda tax. Kick the Can thanks Council Member Jeff Ritterman and all the Measure N supporters for fearlessly taking that important step.
Seattle-King County, Washington
Let's Do This and Soda Free Sundays, two efforts in King County, are designed to inspire residents to work together for healthier environments where they live, learn, work and play and to give up sugary drinks on Sundays. The Seattle & King County Public Health Department and The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition are coordinating these efforts; a wealth of resources including videos and posters (in various languages) are available.
On June 25, 2013, the Telluride Town Council voted unanimously to put a penny-per-ounce sugar sweetened beverage tax on the November 2013 ballot. Revenue from this tax would go towards afterschool programs, physical activity opportunities for youth, and gardening projects.
Take on the Life's Sweeter Challenge and reduce your sugar drink consumption in your home, workplace, and community.
Take Back the Tap
A national campaign of Food and Water Watch to increase safe tap water consumption.
Kick The Can
Give the boot to sugary drinks: join the national movement, sign up for resources to stay informed.
Hydrate for Health
Health Care Without Harm's national campaign to call for healthy beverages in health care.
The Weight of the Nation
The Weight of the Nation is a campaign and four-part documentary series about the causes and solutions to the epidemic of obesity in the US, by HBO and the Institute of Medicine.