CCPHA sponsored two bills in CA’s 2013-14 legislative session: a sugary drink tax (SB-622 Monning), and Nutrition standards in state buildings (AB-459 Mitchell). Both bills have been placed on suspense.
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At an annual meeting of McDonald’s shareholders on May 23rd, 9-year-old Hannah Robertson chastised McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson for the company’s youth-directed marketing tactics. "I don't think it's fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food,” Hannah said. “It isn't fair that so many kids my age are getting sick." Mr. Thompson countered her comments by denying that McDonald’s sells unhealthy food and emphasized the company’s sale of apple slices and side salads. To read the entire news story, click here. During the shareholders’ meeting, 6 of 13 questions from shareholders focused on McDonald’s role in the obesity epidemic. Mr. Thompson strongly denied that McDonald’s targets children and minorities through advertising. Read more about Mr. Thompson’s response here.
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.