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.
Time Magazine’s online edition featured an article on the introduction of SB 203 (Monning) – California’s latest soda warning label bill. SB 203 and is co-sponsored by CCPHA and the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC).
We feel this is a vital piece of legislation because liquid sugar is a unique driver of today’s skyrocketing diabetes and obesity epidemics. It has a profoundly damaging effect on the human body’s metabolism, liver and pancreas. Warning labels will help unravel the state’s diabetes and obesity epidemics by providing at-a-glance information to help consumers make healthier, more informed decisions.
The bill is getting tremendous coverage across the country – in addition to Time, the bill has been covered by over 35 media outlets.
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.