CCPHA is sponsoring two bills in CA’s 2013-14 legislative session: SB-622 which is a sugary drink tax, and AB-459 which will increase healthy food and drinks access on state property.
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Authored by Senator Monning, Senate Bill 622 is CA’s Sweetened Beverage Tax. SB-622 would establish a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drink distributors, with all revenues going to the Children’s Health Promotion Fund to be spent on childhood obesity prevention activities. Authored by Assemblywoman Mitchell and co-sponsored with the American Heart Association and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, AB- 459, would set strong nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in a state-owned or state-leased buildings.
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HBO just released three digital films targeted at kids to tackle the obesity epidemic: The Great Cafeteria Takeover, Kebreeya's Salad Days and Quiz Ed!. All are available online at no cost. The first two films tell the stories of real kids making change in their schools and communities. Quiz Ed! gives kids an opportunity to test their physical activity and nutrition knowledge and emphasizes that even small changes can have a big impact. You can watch the trailer for the films here and you can watch all three by clicking this link. The new films can be used in conjunction with The Weight of the Nation.
In the fall of 2012, with support from Kaiser Permanente, CCPHA launched a Youth Essay Contest on the anti-soda website, Kick the Can. The contest encouraged teens to explore the myriad resources of the Weight of the Nation to help them think critically about how they are targeted by sugary drink marketing. 1st and 2nd place entries from each of two age groups (13-15 and 16-18) were awarded prizes. Visit the contest site for more information about the winning essays.