Participants left our first Soda Series event last night with tons of information about the unique ways sugary drinks are absorbed by our bodies. Panelists also shared why we need to take action: sugar sweetened beverages are contributing to an expensive and harmful diabetes epidemic sweeping through this generation. Our next event focuses on the… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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