In 2014, Berkeley, California implemented a 1 cent tax for every ounce of sweetened drinks, as a way to reduce soda consumption in their community. The tax became a model that other cities implemented too. Did this tax change people’s drinking habits or improve people’s health? Access Local TV’s Arabesque Lynaolu explores the impact of […]Read More What People Think About The Soda Tax
Kern County residents are more obese and have more heart disease and diabetes than Californians on average, and youth reporter Randy Villegas makes the case that these alarming health statistics should prompt action. He cites other cities that have addressed these epidemics by taxing sugary beverages. “As a child growing up, I was obese and would often consume […]Read More Passing a soda tax in Kern County
Rethink Your Drink is a public health initiative, led by the California Department of Public Health, to encourage healthy drink choices among low-income Californians, educate people about which drinks have added sugar, and to make known the links between consuming sugar-sweetened drinks and health problems. “After resisting temptation all day on my day off yesterday, I was able to make it […]Read More Rethinking our drinks at school
The effects of soda and other sugary beverages have become a genuine health crisis, especially among Latino and other minority youth. The challenge of this problem is addressing the multiple reasons kids choose sugary drinks over water: cost, accessibility, lack of awareness, advertising and peer example. Some schools have been banning these beverages and instilling healthier […]Read More Rethink your drink, stand up to beverage industry
A proposed citywide “soda tax” failed in Richmond last year, but other U.S. cities, and even foreign nations, have taken notice of the concept. Elected officials in Mexico announced their intention to make the country the first in the Americas to impose a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. And they are looking to Richmond for […]Read More As obesity grows, Mexico eyes Richmond-inspired soda tax
New York City’s ban on super-sized sugary drinks is in effect, and some public health advocates say soda is the new tobacco — it should be controlled, and not marketed to youth. This “Everyday Health” infogram shows us the health effects of soda. Do you think Eastern Coachella Valley should consider this kind of policy? Explore […]Read More The soda debate: What does it mean for your health?
ITZ Mainey’s “Cup Full of H2O” video is the latest of the Soda Sucks campaign, brought to you by Youth Uprising.Read More Soda Sucks: “Cup Full of h20”
Labels on packaged foods can be a source of information and of confusion. Conforming the serving sizes on nutrition labels to what people realistically eat is a step in the right direction, reports Ross Andrews on Youth Radio.Read More Nutrition Labels Are Meant To Confuse
Measure N, the controversial soda tax ballot measure, brought national attention to Richmond — along with millions of dollars from the beverage industry in the form of political ads, billboards and paid canvassers to defeat the measure. Despite Measure N being defeated, the soda tax debate had an impact — it informed and impassioned (and […]Read More Soda Tax Lost, But Richmond Still Won (Sort of)
Confessions of a soda drinker, in the midst of being converted. Richmond youth comedian and video artist William Haynes added his two cents to the RYSE Center and Richmond Pulse series on the soda wars. See the video on Richmond Pulse.Read More Soda sucks?