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Sugar-sweetened beverages linked to childhood obesity

by Grace H. on Friday, December 21, 2012

The AHA recently named its top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke research. Included at number 6 are two studies that definitively linked the overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to childhood obesity. Also this week, the State Obesity Task Force, of which the AHA is a member, voted to submit among its obesity prevention policy recommendations to the State Legislature, a bill to institute a fee on sugar-sweetened beverages with revenue generated used to fund additional obesity prevention efforts. The bill will be among Gov. Abercrombie's administrative proposals. http://newsroom.heart.org/pr/aha/2012-top-10-advances-in-heart-241901.aspx

- Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director

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