Passing a soda tax in Kern County

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 […]

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Coca-Cola says don’t worry about soda consumption: Do you agree?

The New York Times reported that Coca-Cola is funding scientists who conclude that the cause of obesity lies more with lack of exercise than with sugar and calories. “I do not buy that. That statement was put out by a group of real scientists — but they were funded by Coca-Cola. I work with diabetes patients every day and I see their struggle. […]

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Sugar, an addiction incognito

Addiction is usually associated with drugs and alcohol – and in recent years, technology. But recent findings suggest that sugar’s addictive potential is right up there next to notorious drugs like cocaine and heroin. “Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. Health insurers should have to finance addiction therapy for their obese clients. Schools would no longer be allowed […]

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New bill proposes warning labels on sugary drinks

With an estimated 14 percent of Californians suffering from diabetes, some state lawmakers are taking on the beverage industry because sugary drinks are indisputably linked to the disease and its also-prevalent accomplice, obesity. Supporters of the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act (SB 203) are hopeful: polls say Californians overwhelmingly agree. They will be up against tenacious opponents […]

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Rethinking our drinks at school

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 […]

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Fruit-infused waters are an appealing alternative to sugary drinks

As part of their Rethink Your Drink initiative – a state-driven public health effort to educate residents about the risks of sugary beverages and choosing better drink options –  the Regional Access Project Foundation served sugarless fruit-infused waters for Mecca residents at a movie event. Community members said they liked the taste of the infusions, and that they’d be open to making it at […]

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