On February 11th, 2015, California Senate Bill 203 was introduced. It would require a simple warning on the front of beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. These beverages include sodas, sweet teas, sports drinks and energy drinks. The bill is authored by State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning and is co-sponsored by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC). Sign on in support of SB 203 by clicking here.
CCPHA-sponsored sugary drink warning label legislation, SB 203 (Monning), continues to receive attention in the media. Recently our Executive Director, Dr. Harold Goldstein spoke with California Healthline about the bill and why it’s desperately needed legislation in California. The idea behind having warning labels placed on sugar-sweetened beverages is that people will receive much needed education about the health risks linked to sugary drink consumption, they’ll make healthier drink choices, and ultimately we’ll start seeing a shift in rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity--which are currently skyrocketing. You can hear audio from the California Healthline report here. And if you haven’t signed-on in support of SB 203 yet, please do so here!
CCPHA and ChangeLab Solutions are working together on the concept of a “Complete Park Systems”. This will include identification of potential policies, programs, and funding sources to help place parks, recreation and community services agencies create more open space and recreational programs to improve the health of their communities specifically in underserved areas. The project team has scheduled two listening sessions to bring together leaders of parks and recreation agencies, commissioners, and elected officials in Northern CA, and Southern CA in order to learn about the nature of challenges they are facing. Listening sessions will be held in the City of Perris on February 25, and in the City of Stockton on March 4.