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March 2015

TopDear Partner,

"The Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) once again commend the leadership of U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for today's reintroduction of the Sweet Act, groundbreaking federal legislation which will create new incentives for manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of sweetened beverages.

"Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease - costly and often deadly diseases. Diabetes alone costs the nation $245 billion dollars a year, according to the American Diabetes Association. Today's sodas contain roughly 16 teaspoons of sugar per 20 ounce bottle. Rep. DeLauro's bill will place a graduated excise tax on manufacturers and distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages--resulting in roughly a one cent per ounce tax--and create real incentives for manufacturers to put less sugar in soda.

"The Sweet Act works not only to reduce sugar content in beverages, but also promotes innovative solutions to keep people healthy. Rep. DeLauro's bill will direct resources from to the tax to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the nation's largest source of dedicated prevention funding to reduce chronic disease - particularly in vulnerable communities.

"Local and state soda tax proposals are cropping up across the country and demonstrate growing public support for innovative solutions to prioritize health and reduce health care costs - like new statewide efforts to decrease SSB consumption in California. It's time for the United States to take action on the national level.

"The Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN applaud the leadership of Rep. DeLauro and the other courageous politicians who are championing this critical issue. We urge our legislators to add their support to the Sweet Act, and stand for the public's health."

Girl at Playground

About California Project LEAN
California Project LEAN, a program of the Public Health Institute, works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases. California Project LEAN efforts center on youth, parent and resident empowerment approaches, Policy and Environmental change Strategies (PSE), and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments. For more information, go to www.CaliforniaProjectLEAN.org.
About the Public Health Institute
The Public Health Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. For more information, go to www.phi.org.