L.A. City Council Considers Kicking the Soda Habit
6.19.12 An L.A. City Council Committee spent two hours today considering ending soda sales at recreation centers and parks. Dozens of health professionals, beverage industry representatives and community health advocates testified about Councilmember Englander's motion and the childhood obesity epidemic and the steps that city government can take to encourage better nutrition habits. Supportive testimony was delivered by Dr. Paul Simon of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Elizabeth Medrano of the Healthy School Food Coalition, Rosa Soto of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, and Matthew Sharp with California Food Policy Advocates, as well as Community Health Councils, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and other partners. Valerie Ruelas of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (and a CFPA board member) summarized the sentiment of the speakers effectively in her remarks by stating that "Soda is useless." To view the motion under consideration by the City Council, click on this link. PDF
CFPA's testimony highlighted where reducing soda sales fit in CFPA's decade of work to strengthen the nutrition programs and nutritional environment in Los Angeles. link
The Committee requested a report from the Chief Legislative Analyst and will hear the motion again in 45 days.