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Getting Back on Tap

The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools A review of Massachusetts public school district wellness policies found that prior to 2010, most (92%-94% of policies) did not address access to free drinking water. The study also estimated costs associated with three water provision strategies: commercial bottled water cooler, tap-water dispensers (both refrigerated … Continue reading “Getting Back on Tap”

Boston launches ad campaign against sugary beverages

(The Boston Globe) — “Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and public health authorities unveiled a public awareness campaign…that urges residents to reduce consumption of sweetened beverages…The campaign, which will include a media blitz, premieres a month before an executive order by Menino phases out the sale, advertising, and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages in all city … Continue reading “Boston launches ad campaign against sugary beverages”

Government-Led Efforts Targeting Eating Habits of Children Needed to Curb Worldwide Obesity Epidemic

Tax on Sugary Drinks, Limits on Marketing to Children Among Cost-effective Strategies For immediate release: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 6:30 PM ET Boston, MA – The global obesity epidemic has been escalating for three to four decades, yet long-term prevention efforts have barely begun and are inadequate, according to a new paper from international public … Continue reading “Government-Led Efforts Targeting Eating Habits of Children Needed to Curb Worldwide Obesity Epidemic”

Sugar Withdrawal – Boston high school students have fewer sweetened drinks

(The Boston Globe) — “The seven-year-old policy restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in Boston Public Schools appears to be paying off: Consumption dropped among high school students…The drop in Boston compares with very little change…among teenagers nationally…The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, at the direction of state legislators…proposed instituting a similar policy in all … Continue reading “Sugar Withdrawal – Boston high school students have fewer sweetened drinks”

Boston High School Students Drinking Fewer Sugary Beverages

Following school district policy change, students drank fewer sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks For immediate release: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Boston, MA – Two years after Boston schools prohibited the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and sports drinks, local high school students were consuming significantly fewer sugary drinks, according to a new study published … Continue reading “Boston High School Students Drinking Fewer Sugary Beverages”