New York Judges Strike a Blow to Public Health

New York Judges Strike a Blow to Public Health

Last week, New York’s State Court of Appeals struck down a final plea by the NYC Board of Health to allow limitations on sugary beverage serving size. As you may recall, in May 2012, then mayor Michael Bloomberg led the … Continue reading

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Why is New York City Warning Parents About Fruit Drinks?

Why is New York City Warning Parents About Fruit Drinks?

New York City’s Health Department, the good folks who are fearlessly practicing public health policy, are at it again. Last year they warned us about soft drinks. This summer they are back, with a campaign warning parents about the dangers … Continue reading

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A Simple Hack to Improve Nutrition Labels?

A Simple Hack to Improve Nutrition Labels?

Take a look at the above options for providing calorie information at restaurants. Which would be the most effective in your opinion? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of North Carolina wanted to find out. They queried 800 students … Continue reading

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NYC Soda Ban Struck Down. Paves Way for Eventual Soda Tax

NYC Soda Ban Struck Down. Paves Way for Eventual Soda Tax

You’ve probably already heard that yesterday afternoon, just hours before New York City’s ban on the sale of extra large soft drinks was to go into effect, a New York State Supreme Court Judge struck it down as no less … Continue reading

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Good News: Child Obesity Rates Dip in Some Cities

Good News: Child Obesity Rates Dip in Some Cities

The New York Times reports this week that childhood obesity levels have dropped in several metro areas over the past 5 years. In New York and Philadelphia the percentage of obese kids was down 5%. The measurements were conducted on … Continue reading

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NYC Sued Over Soft Drink Limits

NYC Sued Over Soft Drink Limits

Well, that didn’t take long. After being the first US municipality to limit the size of soft drinks sold in various venues, The city of New York is now being sued by the American Beverage Association and other groups. As … Continue reading

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NY Soft Drink Limitations Approved – An Important First Step

NY Soft Drink Limitations Approved – An Important First Step

Earlier this week, New York city took a first real public policy step aimed at reducing obesity through direct influence on consumer purchases. The city health board voted to limit consumption of copious soft drink calories. Sales of sugary beverages … Continue reading

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New York Pushes Envelope With XL Soft Drink Ban

New York Pushes Envelope With XL Soft Drink Ban

photo: NY Times New York mayor Bloomberg is not giving up on his fight to combat obesity. After failed attempts to impose a soda tax (shot down by the state legislature) and restricting sugary beverage purchase with food stamps (killed … Continue reading

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Frito Lay Gets Sued. Increasing Pressure to Label GMOs

Frito Lay Gets Sued. Increasing Pressure to Label GMOs

Frito Lays is being sued in New York by a man who claims he was duped to paying more for product labeled “All Natural” when in fact they are not: In the proposed class-action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court, … Continue reading

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NYC Relentless in Obesity War. This Time: Portion Sizes

NYC Relentless in Obesity War. This Time: Portion Sizes

We visited New York this week and were happy to see that at least one local government in this country is willing to face up to the big money that is junk food. The latest subway ad campaign is calling … Continue reading

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