One of the objectives in the IAPO Obesity Action Roadmap is to “increase consumption of healthy food and beverages in relation to consumption of unhealthy food and beverages that have minimal nutritional value, such as sugar-sweetened beverages and calorie-dense, low-nutrition fast foods.” More
In the fall of 2013, IAPO developed its first ever legislative agenda for the spring 2014 session of the Illinois General Assembly. Included on the agenda was the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act, which placed a penny per ounce excise tax on sugary beverages with revenues going to community prevention (50%) and the Illinois Medicaid program (50%). More
Rethink Your Drink Tools and Resources
Join us by hosting educational events in your community and/or sending out educational messages about the health impacts of sugary beverages and how people can take steps to rethink their drinks and reduce consumption of sugary beverages through policy and environmental strategies.
For quick and fun ideas on how to participate, view the IAPO Rethink Your Drink Toolkit.
If you identify community members who would like to take action to reduce consumption of sugary beverages through a tax, have them complete this sign-on card to take action.
Use this Sickening Sweetness educational postcard to help people see just how much sugar is in sugary drinks and how that impacts their health.
Register to listen to IAPO’s webinar: Providing Clarity on Lobbying vs. Non-Lobbying activities for Rethink Your Drink Illinois (recorded on January 22, 2014)
If you need additional resources or materials, please contact Janna Simon, Campaign Coordinator.
Strategies for Promoting Healthier Beverage Environments
In May, 2011, the Institute of Medicine IOM) released a report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation that shared recommendations and strategies for reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States. One of the goals was to “create food and beverage environments that ensure that healthy food and beverage options are the routine, easy choice.” More
View the “Rethink Your Drink Toolkit for Healthcare” to see how hospitals and healthcare systems can improve their beverage environments. View the “Big 5” resource for physicians to use to talk with families about childhood obesity prevention. Additional resources are available by clicking here.