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Bill Moller interviews Dr. Goutham Rao
WGN RationL: The Voice of Chicago – April 28, 2012
Dr. Goutham Rao joins Bill to discuss the impact of sugar-loaded beverages on the obesity epidemic.

Four area hospitals ban sugary drinks
CBS2 Chicago – April 25, 2012
Vanguard Health Systems – which operates MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and three other Chicago area hospitals – went so far as to announce a total ban on soda and other sugary drinks at all four of their Chicago area sites. Coffee drinks, sodas, sports 

Sugary drinks out at 4 Chicago-area hospitals
ABC7Chicago.com – April 25, 2012
1 way people consume sugar is through soda and other drinks. Vanguard will begin the phase out starting in July.  Vanguard operates MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Weiss Memorial in Chicago, West Suburban in Oak Park and Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park.

Chicago hospital group to drop sugar-sweetened drinks
Chicago Tribune – April 24, 2012
Now, Vanguard Health Chicago, which operates four hospitals in Cook County, is taking the next step, one that few others have taken: a phasing out of all “sugar-loaded beverages,” including soda and sports and energy drinks, starting now.  Move is part of a national trend promoting more healthful beverage options.

Sweetened beverages come under fire in new reports
RedEye Chicago – Nov 4, 2011
Today the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity released a report on the effects of a potential sugar sweetened beverage tax in Illinois. Commissioned by the Cook County Department of Public Health, the report suggests: “A one cent [per ounce] sugar sweetened beverage tax would save more than $1.5 billion in health care spending…

Soda Tax Not Likely To Be Taken Up This Year
RegionalDailyNews.com – Nov 4, 2011
Some health advocates across the state want to cut down on obesity by adding a sales tax on soda pops. But a plan to increase the cost of pop by a penny per ounce isn’t likely to pass the general assembly this year.  A report by the University of Illinois found the tax would reduce the number of obese Illinoisans by 185-thousand. It would also add 606-million dollars a year to the state’s bank account.

Illinois county proposes new tax for soda, sweet drinks
‎KMOV Channel 4 St. Louis – Nov 3, 2011
Health advocates in Illinois are floating around the idea of adding a tax to soda and other sweet drinks. … the plan would not only raise revenue, but also help reduce obesity.

Buying a soda could soon pop you in the wallet
ConnectTriStates.com / KHQA Channel 7 – Nov 3, 2011
The tax would be levied on regular soda, diet soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks. A standard 12-ounce can of soda would cost 24 cents more if the tax…

Health board to discuss sugar drink tax
Peoria JournalStar – Nov 2, 2011
Next week, the board’s policy committee is set to discuss the report, issued by theIllinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity. According to the report, …

Experts say sugar-loaded drinks adding to obesity epidemic in Illinois 
WAND TV – Champaign, Illinois – Nov 1, 2011
At a conference on Monday, health experts [from the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity] … proposed an excise tax as a possible solution to curb consumption, espeically among youth…

Curb obesity by targeting and adding a tax on soft drinks
WGN Radio – Nov 1, 2011
Elissa Bassler chats with Mike McConnell about the Illinois Public Health Institute and current efforts to curb obesity, including a strategy that would levy an excise tax on sugar-loaded drinks in order to fund obesity prevention efforts…

Will Adding A Tax To Sugery Drinks Help Curb Obesity?
Health Radio: Health at the Speed of Sound – Nov 2, 2011
Elissa Bassler, CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute joins Melanie Cole M.S. to discuss the recent debate about raising taxes on sugar-loaded drinks that are heavily marketed to the public in an attempt to curb the childhood and adult obesity epidemic …

Soda Wars: New studies debate consumption and public policy
WGN Radio – Oct 31, 2011
The soda wars (aka sugar sweetened beverage debates) are erupting in so many different directions, it’s hard to know where to start in our update. … Today theIllinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity released a report on the effects of a potential sugar sweetened beverage tax in Illinois. Commissioned by the Cook County Department of Public Health…

Sweetened beverages come under fire in new reports
Chicago Tribune – Oct 31, 2011
Today the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity released a report on the effects of a potential sugar sweetened beverage tax in Illinois. Commissioned by the Cook County Department of Public Health, the report suggests: “A one cent [per ounce] sugar sweetened beverage tax would save more than $1.5 billion in health care spending…

Government weighs obesity action, but…
Seattle Times / Chicago Tribune – Aug 6, 2011
 more than 80 percent since 1995, according to the CDC — public and private stakeholders formed the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity in January 2010. 

A new spirit of cooperation growing in Oak Park …
Wednesday Journal – May 10, 2011
In the same vein the Oak Park Board of Health is participating in projects of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, with similar goals. 

Letter to the editor: Act now to stop obesity in its path
‎Beacon News / Chicago Sun-Times – Feb 2, 2011
I support the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, a statewide coalition calling for state-level policy and systems changes to reverse the obesity trend. 

Illinois groups try to solve child obesity
Chicago Tribune – Dec 15, 2010
…the summit was hosted by the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity and was attended by more than 100 officials from public health, medicine and business throughout the area. The Illinois alliance was started in January “to flatten the obesity trends by 2015 and start moving them downward in 2018,” said Elissa Bassler, CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute.

Health leaders meet to finalize an obesity agenda
Victoria Advocate – Dec 3, 2010
The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity summit is at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. It follows a series of regional brainstorming forums held …

Doings: Healthy People
Pioneer Local / Chicago Sun-Times – Dec 2, 2010
The Northern Illinois contingent of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity gathered in Oak Brook recently to review and discuss policy recommendations 

State obesity prevention roadmap being drawn up
Associated Press / State Journal-Register – Oct 8, 2010
The department is a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, which is spearheading the effort. Representatives from local governments, schools, 

Health Advocates Push For Illinois Soda Tax
WCIA3 News – July 15, 2010
Health advocates are pushing for a tax on soft drinks in Illinois, to try to cut down on the state’s obesity rate … Illinois is tied for the number four rank for childhood obesity.  About 20 percent of Illinois kids between ages 10 and 17 are obese, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

We must tackle the issue of overweight children
Chicago Tribune: Editorial – February 18, 2010
That’s why the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is organizing concerned citizens to turn out for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hearing on