War Against Diabetes Is Being Waged in Berkeley

War Against Diabetes Is Being Waged in Berkeley

1 in 2 children of color will get diabetes in their lifetime. This is one of the main reasons why the Ecology Center is involved in the Healthy Child Initiative, the effort to put a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages. We have linked a factor in our environment that is making us sick and killing… Read more »

We’re for a Healthy and Just Future, We’re for the Healthy Child Initiative

We're for a Healthy and Just Future, We're for the Healthy Child Initiative

The Healthy Child Initiative is a campaign to put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the November 2014 ballot. At a packed meeting on Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved taking the first step for it to be included on the ballot, by including it in a community poll of potential ballot measures. If passed, Berkeley would… Read more »

Why Soda-Tax Battles Matter in the Fight Against Obesity

Why Soda-Tax Battles Matter in the Fight Against Obesity

A recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle lines up the scientific reasons why sugary beverages are linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health concerns. The quick snapshot is that soda and other sugary drinks deliver huge quantities of glucose and fructose directly to our bloodstream, overloading our pancreas and liver. Fructose gets… Read more »

BPA and Phthalates Tied to Obesity and Diabetes in Children

BPA and Phthalates Tied to Obesity and Diabetes in Children

One in six American children and teens is obese, which brings a range of other health risks, like diabetes, into their lives at an early age. A new study shows a link between phthalates and insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes), and BPA and obesity in adolescents.
“Clearly unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity… Read more »