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Posted 11.04.13

 

Posted 5.30.13

Posted 2.11.13
  • Congratulations to Sunnyvale Unified School District on their health & wellness systemic changes!  With support from BANPAC partner, Dan McClure of Generations Community Wellness, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and Kaiser Permanente South Bay, Sunnyvale School District, led by Superintendent Benjamin H. Picard, implemented a policy meeting PHI’s 100% Healthy Beverage Standards for all staff, student, and community functions and are improving their Safe Routes to School Program with a program audit yesterday with SRTS expert Mark Fenton.  Find Sunnyvale Unified’s policy on the BANPAC Website at www.banpac.org/toolkit_HFBPE/section7/7-ssd_ewg_12_4_12.pdf.  Find BANPAC’s Healthy Beverage Policy Toolkit other healthy beverage wellness policies at banpac.org/toolkit_hfbpe.htm.
  • Congratulations to the thirty Bay Area organizations with 100% healthy beverage policies—let us know about any others you know of!  This year, BANPAC is working with an additional 20 organizations, funded by Kaiser Permanente. Let us know if you want to be one of them: African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC), Fairwood Elementary School, Ravenswood Family Health Center, America Scores--Bay Area, Genesis United Methodist Church, San Jose (City of) -- Youth Program, Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), City of Gilroy Recreation Department, San Mateo County, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Golden Alter Ministries, San Mateo County Sherriff’s Activities League, City of Burlingame, Lift/Levántate!, Santa Clara County, The Children’s Pre-School Center (CPSC), Marantha Christian Center, Sunnyvale Community Services, Mountain View Recreation Dept, City of Marin, County of (vending only), Sunnyvale School District, City of San Jose Public Libraries (vending only), Mid-Peninsula Housing, YMCA of Silicon Valley, Collective Roots Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC), Contra Costa Health Plan, Portola and Excelsior Family Connections, Contra Costa Health Services (Vending), City of Daly City.
Posted 11.21.12
Posted 10.18.12
Posted 05.17.12
  • Food Marketing to Children Through Toys: Response of Restaurants to the First U.S. Toy Ordinance, Jennifer J. Otten, et al Am J Prev Med 2012;42(1):56–60) Will be posted next week at BANPAC: Sugar Savvy Research Articles.
  • The Skinny on Obesity.  Series of films which highlights the obesity epidemic and its correlation to sugar and unhealthy foods.  To view the films please visit the University of California Television’s YouTube channel.
  • Chicago hospital group to drop sugar-sweetened drinks.  Chicago Tribune/Business April 24, 2012.  To get the article please visit ChicagoTribune.com.
  • Sports and Energy Drinks Responsible for Irreversible Damage to Teeth.  The Academy of General Dentistry, May 1, 2012.  To get the article please visit www.agd.org.
  • Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation.  May 8, 2012.  To get the report released from the IOM please visit Visit www.iom.edu.
  • New Healthier US School Challenge Criteria.  Information to changes in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  For more information please visit www.cde.ca.gov, www.fns.usda.gov, www.gpo.gov.
  • Information on Weight Bias and Stigma and how these fuel the obesity epidemic from the Rudd Center for Weight and Health at Yale www.yaleruddcenter.org including an image gallery of non-stigmatizing pictures of overweight and obese individuals.
  • Obesity could affect 42% of Americans by 2030.  Sci-Tech Today.com May 8, 2012at www.sci-tech-today.com.
  • Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity. Friday, April 27, 2012.  To get the full article please visit www.reuters.com.
  • The Weight of the Nation.  This 4-part series hosted by HBO Documentary Films looks at America’s obesity epidemic. Premiers May 14 and 15 at 8pm on HBO.  For more information please visit theweightofthenation.hbo.com.  To request a screening kit, go to theweightofthenation.hbo.com.
  • Health Reform Rapid Response: the conversation on prevention.  Discusses Prevention and Public Health Fund, provides brief background and it highlights talking points.  For more information please visit preventioninstitute.org.
  • Food Marketing to Children Through Toys.  This article evaluates the effectiveness of the Santa Clara County ordinance which prohibits restaurants from giving incentives to children along with unhealthy food items.  Please refer to the attachment labeled “Otten_toy_ordinance” for the full article.Healthy Beverages in Childcare website is now live!  Go to www.healthybeveragesinchildcare.org.  Please pass on suggestions for content and links to Justin@cfpa.net and ellen@cfpa.net.
  • Healthy Kids Challenge. Six afterschool and summer programming ideas.  Please visit www.healthykidschallenge.com.
  • Spark eNewsletter from April 2012 has a lot of great resources on physical activity in schools.  To get more information please visit campaign.r20.constantcontact.com.
Posted 01.03.12
  • Four Fast-food Chains Quit Giving Free Toys
    A San Francisco McDonald's may have been able to skirt a new fast food law there banning free toys with unhealthy meals, but Santa Clara County's similar attempt appears to have more teeth. Read the whole story here.
  • The Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption on the Health of Richmond Residents
    Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its link to Obesity in California.  Susan H. Babey, Malia. Jones, Hongjian Yu, and Harold Goldstein; view: PubHlthNutr-2011.pdf.
  • Richmond Moves forward on a Soda Tax
    At its December 6th meeting, the Richmond City Council voted to put a local soda tax measure on the November 2012 ballot.  Richmond is the first city in California to take this step; Richmond which is located in west Contra Costa County was also the first city in California to adopt a local tobacco ordinance decades ago.  KQED, the Bay Area, national public radio station, covered the action on its blog.
  • Is That Soda Safe?
    December 19, 2011: If you’ve always suspected that neon-colored sodas like Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange and various citrusy Gatorade drinks contain less-than-savory ingredients, you’re right.  Brominated vegetable oil (BVO), found in 10% of sodas in US, is linked to reproductive problems, early puberty and altered thyroids; view article.  A blog posting about “energy” drinks and a new film about youth; view blog.
  • McDonald's using SF Happy Meal ban as fundraiser while skirting law; 11.29.11, San Francisco Examiner
  • Limited Resources Placing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Out of Reach for Many Americans
    New FRAC Report Outlines Needed Strategies to Support Households’ Ability to Afford Healthy Food; Washington, DC,  12.15.11.  A new report (pdf) by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) provides a unique look at the struggle to access healthy food that is being faced by millions of Americans, and especially low-income people.
  • Healthy Vending Machines in Schools!
  • New Fact Sheet on Drinking Water
    View Bringing Free Drinking Water Back to California Schools to learn more about how schools can comply with new requirements.  With an array of strategies designed to make drinking water more readily available, the fact sheet highlights promising practices, funding opportunities, and ways for parents and community members to get involved.
Posted 11.23.11
Posted 11.07.11

Posted 10.27.10 :: New research on HFCS in sodas!

Posted 9.13.10 :: BANPAC’s ReThink Your Drink initiative and Soda Free Summer Campaign in the News

Other Related News:

Posted 6.01.10 :: The California Center for Public Health Advocacy released the results of a statewide poll on Californians’ attitudes about taxing soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to fund obesity prevention programs. The poll found that, even in the midst of the current recession, a solid majority (56 percent) of California voters support taxing sodas and other sweetened beverages to fund childhood obesity programs. The poll also showed majority support in all major regions of the state, except the Central Valley: San Francisco Bay Area (60 percent), Los Angeles County (61 percent) and other Southern California counties including San Diego and Orange Counties (54 percent). Support was particularly strong among low-income (60 percent) and Latino (66 percent) voters. Legislation CCPHA is sponsoring (SB 1210, Florez) would establish a tax of one penny per teaspoon of added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, raising $1.5 billion for childhood obesity programs. For detailed findings and summary information, you can visit the Soda Tax Poll page on the CCPHA Website.
Posted 4.27.10 :: Santa Clara County: Supervisors ban toys with fast-food meals; read article...
Posted 5.31.10 :: MercuryNews.com: Soda Free Summer launch in Santa Clara County; read article...
Sugar Savvy Policy
City of San Jose: Citywide Vending
 Machines Solicitation

City of San Jose: Citywide Vending Machines Solicitation
Posted 1.03.12
   
Local Taxes on Sugar-
Sweetened Beverages in CA

Local Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in CA
Posted 11.03.11
Passing a Local Soda Tax in CA: What to Consider, How to Proceed
Passing a Local Soda Tax in CA: What to Consider, How to Proceed
Posted 11.03.11
Healthy Concessions Guide
 Healthy Concessions Guide
Posted 3.08.11
Nebraska Guidelines for
Competitive Foods in Schools

Nebraska Guidelines for Competitive Foods in Schools
Posted 3.08.11
Nutrition & Physical Activity
Policy & Guidelines

Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy & Guidelines
3.08.11
Rudd Report: Soft Drink Taxes
Rudd Report: Soft Drink Taxes 
Posted 2.23.11
The Impact of Food Prices on Consumption
The Impact of Food Prices on Consumption 
Posted 2.23.11
The Public Health & Economic
Benefits of Taxing
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The Public Health & Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages 
Posted 2.23.11
Weigh of Life: Healthy Food & Beverage Policy
Weigh of Life: Healthy Food & Beverage Policy
Posted 2.01.11
ACPHD Official Nutrition Physical Activity Policy Guidelines
ACPHD Official Nutrition Physical Activity Policy Guidelines
Posted 2.01.11
Choices for Children: Creating a
 Healthy Environment

Choices for Children: Creating a Healthy Environment
Posted 2.01.11
San Francisco: Healthy Food & Beverage Options in Vending Machines
 San Francisco: Health Food & Beverage Options in Vending Machines
Posted 2.01.11
The CDC Guide to Strategies for Reducing the Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
The CDC Guide to Strategies for Reducing the Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Posted 11.09.10
Healthy Meal Legislation in San Francisco Places Children’s Health Above Fast Food Marketing
Landmark Passage: Healthy Meal Legislation in San Francisco...
Posted 11.04.10
 
Beverage Nutritional Criteria
Santa Clara County

Beverage Nutritional Criteria...
Beverage Policies in California Cities
from the California Center for
Public Health Advocacy

Beverage Policies in California Cities from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Toys and Other Incentives
with Restaurant Food -
Santa Clara County

Toys and Other Incentives...
Vending Machine
Food & Beverage Standards:
Network for a Healthy California -
Worksite Program

Vending Machine...
Network Healthy
Meeting Policies

Network Healthy Meeting Policies
BANPAC Website
Healthy Vending Toolkit

BANPAC Healthy Vending Toolkit...
More Info on
Food & Beverage Policies

More Info on Food & Beverage Policies
A Guide to Establishing a
Worksite Farmers' Market

Network Farmers' Market Tool
Simple Steps for Ordering
Farm Fresh Produce
for the Worksite

Simple Steps for Ordering Farm Fresh Produce for the Worksite

Guidelines for Offering
Healthy Foods at Meetings,
Seminars and Catered Events

Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars & Catered Events

Healthy Meeting Policies:
Network for a Healthy California -
Worksite Program

Healthy Meeting Policies...
 
Sugar Savvy Research Articles
Soda and Other Beverages
and the Risk of Kidney Stones

Soda and Other Beverages and the Risk of Kidney Stones
Posted 5.30.13
Pro- and Antitax Arguments
 in Pubic Discourse
Pro- and Antitax Arguments in Public Discourse
Posted 5.30.13
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
 and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
and Type 2 Diabetes
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
Posted 6.06.13
Obesity Reviews: Etiology and Pathophysiology
Obesity Reviews: Etiology and Pathophysiology
Posted 10.31.13
   
The Public Burden of Liquid Candy:
The Cost of Sugared Beverages to
San Francisco

The Public Burden of Liquid Candy: The Cost of Sugared Beverages to San Francisco
Posted 5.08.12
   
Consumption of Sugar Drinks in the US, 2005–2008: Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD, MRP; Brian K. Kit, MD, MPH; Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH; and Sohyun Park, PhD, MS
Consumption of Sugar Drinks in the US, 2005–2008: Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD, MRP; Brian K. Kit, MD, MPH; Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH; and Sohyun Park, PhD, MS
Posted 10.24.12
Perspective: The Taxing Power and
the Public’s Health

Perspective: The Taxing Power and the Public’s Health
Posted 10.18.12
Food Marketing to Children Through Toys: Response of Restaurants to the First US Toy Ordinance
Food Marketing to Children Through Toys: Response of Restaurants to the First US Toy Ordinance
Posted 5.15.12
Changes in beverage consumption in Norwegian children from 2001 to 2008
Changes in beverage consumption in Norwegian children from 2001 to 2008
Posted 1.31.12
Sucrose-sweetened Beverages
Increase Fat Storage in the
liver, muscle, and visceral fat depot

Sucrose-sweetened Beverages Increase Fat Storage in the liver, muscle, and visceral fat depot
Posted 1.19.12
SSB Mechanisms

SSB Mechanisms
Posted 1.19.12
NCHS Data Brief: Consumption
of Sugar Drinks in the
United States, 2005–2008

NCHS Data Brief: Consumption of Sugar Drinks in the United States, 2005–2008
Posted 10.31.11
Sugary Drink FACTS:
Food Advertising to Children
and Teens Score

Sugary Drink FACTS: Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score
Posted 10.31.11
The Perils of Ignoring History:
Big Tobacco Played Dirty & Millions Died. How Similar is Big Food

The Perils of Ignoring History: Big Tobaco Played Dirty & Millions Died. How Similar is Big Food?
Posted 5.16.11
Soda's Contribution to Obesity:
Public Health Nutrition

Soda's Contribution to Obesity: Public Health Nutrition
Posted 2.01.11
Impact of Sugar-Sweetened
Beverage Consumption
on Black Americans' Health
Impact of Change in Sweetened Caloric Beverage Consumption on Energy Intake Among Children and Adolescents

Posted 1.31.11
 
Soda Consumption &
Its Link to Obesity in CA
Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in CA
Posted 11.04.10

Healthy Policy Research Brief::
Soda Consumption &
Its Link to Obesity in CA
Healthy Policy Research Brief::Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in CA
Posted 11.04.10

Healthy Policy Research Brief::
Obesity and Diabetes:
Two Growing Epidemics in CA
Healthy Policy Research Brief::Obesity and Diabetes: Two Growing Epidemics in CA

Posted 11.04.10
Sugar Content of Popular Sodas:
What Lab Tests Uncovered

Sugar Content of Popular Sodas: What Lab Tests Uncovered
Posted 11.04.10
The Negative Impact of Sugar-
Sweetened Beverages on
Children's Health

The Negative Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on Children's Health
Posted 11.04.10
Reducing Childhood Obesity
Though Policy Change: Acting
Now To Prevent Obesity

Reducing Childhood Obesity Though Policy Change: Acting Now To Prevent Obesity
Posted 11.04.10
Trends In Snacking Among
US Children

Trends In Snacking Among US Children
Posted 11.04.10
Snacking in Children: The Role
of Urban Corner Stores

Snacking in Children: The Role of Urban Corner Stores
Posted 11.04.10
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
& Risk of Metabolic
Syndrome & Type 2 Diabetes

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages & Risk of Metabolic Syndrome & Type 2 Diabetes
Posted 11.04.10
Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water: Understanding Consumers'
Preferences

Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water: Understanding Consumers' Preferences
Posted 11.04.10
Health Policy Research Brief:
Teen Dietary Habits Related
to Those of Parents

Health Policy Rearch Brief: Teen Dietary Habits Related to Those of Parents
Posted 11.04.10
Impact of Change in
Sweetened Caloric Beverage
Consumption on Energy
Intake Among Children &
Adolescents

Impact of Change in Sweetened Caloric Beverage Consumption on Energy Intake Among Children & Adolescents
Posted 11.04.10
American Academy of
Pediatrics: The Use & Misuse
of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics: The Use & Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics
Posted 11.04.10
   
Water Availability
Policy Brief: Fulfilling the Promise of
Free Water in K-12 Schoolss
(short brief)

Policy Brief: Fulfilling the Promise of Free Water in K-12 Schools (short brief)
Posted 8.22.12
Policy Brief: Fulfilling the Promise of Free Water in K-12 Schools
(full brief)

Policy Brief: Fulfilling the Promise of Free Water in K-12 Schools (full brief)
Posted 8.22.12
 
Sugar Savvy Community Events & Photos
Rethink Your Drink Event
Rethink Your Drink Event
Posted 6.23.11
ReThink Your Drink Artwork Riding San Francisco Buses
ReThink Your Drink Artwork Riding San Francisco Buses
 
Posted 6.23.11  
Rethink Your Drink Contest Winner
Rethink Your Drink Contest Winner
Posted 6.23.11
Rethink Your Drink Contest Winner
Rethink Your Drink Contest Winner
Posted 6.23.11
Project Read’s Learning Wheels at the South San Francisco Farmers’ Market

Project Read's Learning Wheels

Posted 6.23.11
 
An exhibit board at the Native American Health Center
WIC in Oakland

An exhibit board at the Native American Health Center WIC in Oakland
Posted 9.13.10
Latino Outreach for ReThink Your Drink
at the Marin County Fair

Latino Outreach for ReThink Your Drink at the Marin County Fair
Posted 7.17.10 
Alameda County 2010 Soda Free for Life
Campaign Materials

Alameda County 2010 Soda Free for Life Campaign Materials
Posted 7.17.10
 
 

Pouring on the Pounds Ads on Buses :: Image 1 of 2
Posted 7.02.10
Pouring on the Pounds Ads on Buses :: Image 2 of 2
Posted 7.02.10
UCCE San Mateo-San Francisco’s Rethink Your Drink School Activity Addressing 4th Grade PE Standards

Posted 5.28.10
RYD Station Set-up
News Flash | Campaign Updates
 
Posted 5.15.12
Congratulations to Sunnyvale Community Services, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activity League, and Bay Area Scores who have become Sugar Savvy Policy Leaders by passing wellness policies (healthy beverages/healthy foods/physical activity) and implementation plans! In addition, all SAL parents will now sign a Wellness Policy Parental Agreement Form when their child participates. Each organization will receive an implementation incentive from BANPAC funder Kaiser Permanente.

Congratulations to BANPAC partners Santa Clara County Public Health Department Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention’s CPPW Program and Kaiser Permanente. The 2012 Hugo Television Awards were announced in Chicago and Kaiser Permanente, along with our writer/director Brian Leonard from b.e. Creative, were awarded a Silver Plaque for Best PSA Campaign for the three Rethink Your Drink spots starring Dexter and Martina developed for and with Santa Clara County Public Health Department and previewed at the last BANPAC meeting.
 

Posted 6.23.11
Rethink Your Drink is on the Move!

San Francisco:
Sugar Savvy Train-the-Trainer Workshops

  • Sugar Savvy Train-the-Trainer Workshops at SFDPH conducted by Marianne Szeto and colleagues Valerie Azinheira, Caridad Taber, Rene Blanco:
  • For 15 community partners on April 20
  • For 20 community partners , including summer program staff on May 4
  • For Summer Lunch Programs—75 trained at multiple locations
  • San Francisco and other Bay Area counties are celebrating the fourth annual “Soda Free Summer," to encourage individuals and families to drink less soda and more water this summer, SFKids.org: SF’s Family Resource Center
  • A Sugar Savvy workshop and exhibit for 250 kids and their parents at a Jr. Giants Kick-off Meeting
  • Project Read’s Learning Wheels at the South San Francisco Farmers’ Market was June 4, 2011, 10:00 AM to Noon and included ReThink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer activities.  View event photos!
  •  ReThink Your Drink Artwork Riding SF Buses
    Congratulations to BANPAC Members Mark Elkin and Laura Brainin-Rodriguez.  View event photos!

San Mateo:
Sugar Savvy Train-the-Trainer Workshops

  • In Belmont conducted by Jennifer Gabet, Eliana Schultz, and UCCE interns on 5.17.11 in Belmont for about 20 participants, including a discussion of wellness policies and challenges they anticipate to healthy beverage practices & policies
  • At Daly City Parks and Recreation for 14 summer staff conducted by Jennifer Gabet, Jennifer Gross, and UCCE interns where they discussed asking parents not send any sweet beverages with their kids to camp.
  • From the Peninsula Family YMCA Summer Camp Handbook: SODA FREE SUMMER!
  • Y Camp will be participating in San Mateo County’s “Soda Free Summer initiative”. Every week we will do an activity to educate campers about the importance of health, exercise and reducing the consumption of high sugar foods and drinks. As a Y camp, we have made a pledge to not consume soda and to reduce the con­sumption of other high sweetened beverages & snacks.
  • Make it Soda Free, Chides Mayor Ed Lee, June 21, 2011

Alameda:

  • BANPAC member Pamela Alston, DDS presented the ReThink Your Drink/Soda initiative and Soda Free Summer campaign to the Alameda County Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Forum June 22.  They are planning a roll out in all three wellness centers this summer! Go Dr. Alston!
  •  Let’s Move! Alameda wants to promote a Soda Free Summer

Contra Costa:

  • Board of Supervisors is working on a ReThink Your Drink resolution
  • Contra Costa Health Services Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion presented on summertime healthy living to Mental Health staff June 24th, including ReThink Your Drink
  • Pleasant Hill and Richmond YMCA’s have committed to modifying their parent letter to discourage bringing sweetened beverages to summer camp
  • Juneteenth included ReThink Your Drink activities sponsored by CCHS and Weigh of Life!

Marin:

Santa Clara:

  • Soda-Free Summer...but let's not stop there!  VMC Foundation Newsletter, June 13, 2011.
  • BANPAC partner Santa Clara County Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention has shared BANPAC’s Pledge the Practice! Pass the Policy!! Organizational Change Toolkit with CPPW partner Silicon Valley Leadership Group, to help local businesses develop healthy beverage and food policies.
  • BANPAC member Sally Chavez conducted Sugar Savvy workshops as part of the mostly Spanish-language Cooking Matters 6 week course at San Miguel Grammer School in Sunnyvale on May 17th and May 24th.  The kids and parents were really interested and involved.  We also read “Drink Water!” Said the Otter during the subsequent class as a follow up, and discussed with the kids what they would choose when thirsty.”
  • FIRST 5 Santa Clara conducted a ReThink Your Drink and Sugar Savvy Training (English), 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM,
    May 12, 2011 in their community room.  The program highlighted Potter, the Otter: A Tale About Water.
  • All 15 cities within Santa Clara County have become Let’s Move! Cities, under the leadership of the SCCPHD CPPW program.  At least four cities are planning to create nutrition standards policies, some for all city programs and others for Departments of Recreation that serve thousands. 
 

Posted 1.12.11
BANPAC/Rethink Your Drink Update

  • BANPAC’s ReThink Your Drink Committee is gearing up for 2011!  Help us work on an organizational change initiative, local healthy beverage policy updates, and a new early childhood educational campaign!  Calls are normally the second Wednesday of each month from 2:30-3:30PM.  Our first call will be an Organizational Change Initiative focus: Wednesday, January 12th at 12:30 PM. Call 877.814.7306, pass code 2222384#.

Rethink Your Drink Update

Posted 9.13.10
Re-Think Your Drink/Soda Free Summer Updates

Posted 7.20.10
Re-Think Your Drink/Soda Free Summer is sizzling!

Posted 7.16.10
Re-Think Your Drink/Soda Free Summer is hot!

Posted 6.25.10
Re-Think Your Drink/Soda Free Summer is going strong throughout the Bay Area. A few examples of local activities include:
  • Contra Costa County launched their Rethink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer campaign yesterday to lots of media attention—congratulations BANPAC members Luz Gomez and Andrea Menefee! (Members, please send more media about this event!)
  •  Mayor Newsom declared a Soda Free Summer in San Francisco June 21 SF Examiner
  • The SF Dept of Children, Youth and their Families is working with Shape Up San Francisco to include Rethink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer in SF Summer Feeding Programs, www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=76761.  Congratulations on both items to BANPAC members Marianne Szeto and Christina Goette!
  • More media on the Santa Clara County Kick-off at the Children’s Discovery Museum.  Congratulations to BANPAC members Jo Seavey-Hultquist and Elizabeth Sills!
  • The California Dental Association promotes BANPAC’s Sugar Savvy Tip Sheets, curriculum and Otter materials at http://cda.org/patient_&_community_resources/patient_oral_health.  Congratulations to BANPAC members Joe Prickitt and Darlene Fujii!
  • Pediatricians at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital clinics are encouraging their patients to have a Soda Free Summer, placing a sticker in their chart so that the patient is asked about sweetened beverage consumption at the next follow up appointment, distributing BANPAC’s Rethink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer action cards, and distributing “Drink Water!” Said the Otter in English and Spanish to young children.  Children who turn in their soda tracker at the end of the summer will receive a certificate.  Stanford Peds residents are ready to launch, along with Drs. Harris and Foreman, in July!  Congratulations to BANPAC members Candace Roney & Colleen Haesloop and Chris Wilder!
  • Shape Up San Francisco is working with SF Recreation & Parks Department to integrate the campaign into summer day camps. The camp counselors will be presenting part of the Sugar Savvy curriculum to prepare for Rethink Your Drink week, modeled after Mark Elkin’s successful program at SFUSD.  A poster contest will include prizes from Shape UP SF.  The camp parent letter includes instructions not to send soda or candy to camp with children.  The counselors will review this with the kids at the beginning of each week-long session.  Congratulations to BANPAC member Marianne Szeto!
  • Healthy Silicon Valley and the FIRST 5 Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative will be offering a Sugar Savvy Training Workshop June 29, 2010 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, one of a series of FIRST 5 Santa Clara workshops tailored for those working with parents, youth and young children.  RSVP by June 24th to Joanne@first5kids.org.  Campaign action cards and Otter books will be given to participants.  Congratulations to BANPAC member Jo Seavey-Hultquist!
  • The Executive Director of Valley Medical Center Foundation, BANPAC’s fiscal agent, cut out diet soda as a result of the campaign at http://wildersideofhealth.blogspot.com/2010/06/saying-goodbye-to-my-diet-soda.html.
  • Soda Free Summer now in Boston

Posted 06.02.10
BANPAC’s Sugar Savvy Tip Sheet for Elected Officials will be distributed to local City and County policy makers at the Steps to a Healthier Santa Clara County’s Policy Forum on May 24th.

The California Dental Association has agreed to post BANPAC’s Sugar Savvy Tip Sheets for Professionals and Dental Patients on their Website!  More on that soon.…

Soda In America: Children And Families

Among many resources available at the Rudd Center:

  • A map of soft drink legislation filed in 2009 - 10 and other resources are available at the Rudd Center
    Website, including...

  • Trends in Television Food Advertising: Progress in Reducing Unhealthy Marketing to Young People?

  • The Rudd Center, together with The Obesity Society, has created new comprehensive guidelines for the portrayal of overweight and obese persons in the media.  Designed to assist journalists in their coverage of obesity-related topics, the guidelines help ensure that stigmatizing and pejorative portrayals of overweight and obese persons in the media are avoided.

Posted 06.02.10
BANPAC partner Santa Clara County again in the media for their local healthy food ordinance, part of Santa Clara’s Sugar Savvy/Rethink Your Drink initiative: Santa Clara County votes to ban toys that attract kids to high-caloric meals: Boston Globe, 4.28.10.

Also taking note:

Posted 06.02.10
California Center for Public Health Advocacy

California Center for Public Health Advocacy conducted a May 6, 2010 webinar on sweetened beverages and their contribution to obesity, and an overview of the four beverage bills being considered by the California Legislature.Speakers will include Gail Woodward Lopez (UC Berkeley Center on Weight and Health), Harold Goldstein (CA Center for Public Health Advocacy), Katie Woodruff (Berkeley Media Studies Group) and Kumar Chandran (CA Food Policy Advocates).
Posted 06.02.10
Revised Sugar Savvy Curriculum

Revised Sugar Savvy Curriculum is now online at www.banpac.org/resources_sugar_savvy.htm.  A Spanish revision is in the works thanks to Darlene Fujii & Alameda County Nutrition Services.
Posted 06.02.10
Santa Clara County, 4/27/10: Supervisors Ban Toys with Fast-food Meals

More at www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_14968786?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com.
Posted 06.02.10
Sugar Savvy Tip Sheets Now Available
View them at
http://www.banpac.org/resources_sugar_savvy.htm#Sugar_Savvy_Tip_Sheets.
Posted 06.02.10
Sugar Savvy Workshop for Statewide Jr. Giants Commissioners

Darlene Fujii will be presenting the Sugar Savvy workshop to the statewide Jr. Giants Commissioners who represent 16,000 members at AT&T Park on Saturday, May 15!  Many thanks to master trainer Darlene Fujii for “pinch hitting” on a Saturday with short notice and also to Marianne Szeto, Tuline Baykal, and Joe Prickitt for establishing the partnership with Jr. Giants.
Posted 06.01.10
BANPAC’s 2010 Rethink Your Drink Initiative and Soda Free Summer Campaign
BANPAC’s 2010 Rethink Your Drink initiative and Soda Free Summer Campaign got off to a great start at the April 28th BANPAC meeting at the Elihu Harris Building in Oakland.  After an inspiring introduction by BANPAC Leadership Council member Jennifer Gabet and updates by committee chairs Tuline Baykal and Sara Marin.

Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD, Director of Research, The Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health, U.C. Berkeley, spoke on Ten Years of Research on Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Obesity: Where we have been?… Where we are going?  Her immensely valuable presentation provided critical data for supporting our campaign!  It will be available at www.banpac.org/resource_meeting_materials.htm by Tuesday.  A rousing PA break, led by Carmen Bogan, got us moving, dancing, and smiling.  Very fun!!  Carmen demonstrated the difference between different levels of activity with three terrific models (thanks Denys, Jennifer and Lisa!).  She also explained that moderate activity is less moderate than one might think—you can talk but you don’t want to.  A panel of experts, moderated by Jackie Richardson of The Network for a Healthy California introduced BANPAC’s new Sugar Savvy Tip Sheets for engaging priority community partners, including dental professionals, elected officials, schools, youth programs, and early childhood care/education providers.  Pamela Arbuckle Allston, DDS captivated us with photos and stories of her innovative efforts to get her pediatric patients to stop drinking sweetened beverages—very creative!  Luz Gomez, former BANPAC Chair, provided useful tips for working with elected officials, she is deputy chief of staff to Supervisor Giola in Contra Costa Co.  BANPAC Leadership Council members Mark Elkin and Tuline Baykal presented useful strategies for working with schools and youth organizations and BANPAC member Elaine Taylor recounted her integration of “Drink Water!” Said the Otter into preschool nutrition education lessons.  Jackie ended the presentation with a helpful summary of how these materials can be used by USDA funded projects and programs. We were reminded that all of our funding is dependent upon evaluation data and encouraged to track train-the-trainer workshops, community presentations and workshops, exhibits and distribution of materials through a link on the BANPAC Website.  A raffle of all entries (multiple entries will be considered separately) will be held monthly. 

BANPAC Rethink Your Drink Committee member Marianne Szeto summarized the recent Field Research poll indicating support among Californian for a soda tax—see below.  After lunch, Annette Laverty and Lindsey Orbeta presented the updated Sugar Savvy train-the-trainer curriculum and we sampled delicious flavored waters prepared by Tuline Baykal.  BANPAC’s Food Security Committee met at 1:00 PM; the Youth Action Committee and New Member Orientation group met at 3:00 PM.Thank you!!! to all those listed above for your contributions to the meeting! And thanks to our enthusiastic particpants!!  A big round of applause to the BANPAC Leadership Council: Andrea Menefee, Joanne Seavey-Hultquist, Darlene Fujii, Mark Elkin, Lisa Craypo, Liz Sills, Jennifer Gabet, Shirley Watt, Tuline Baykal, and Sara Marin who developed and formatted the Tip Sheets, recruited our wonderful speakers, supported our funding efforts with Kaiser, and provided coffee and tea water for participants. 

Thank you also to the Rethink Your Drink initiative committee for contributing to the development of materials and strategies.  Many thanks to Network for a Healthy California—Bay Area and Santa Clara County Public Health Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention colleagues—including Joe Prickitt, Suellen Haggerty, Denys Williams, Tuline Baykal, Carmen Bogan, Maritza Rodriguez, and Lisa Chin—who did so much— setting up multiple displays throughout the day, making amazing flavored waters, researching updated Sugar Shockers data, providing recommendations for improving our tracking system, realizing we needed signs and figuring out how to make them without tape, finding AV equipment when there wasn’t any and making sure all the parts were there, stuffing and then re-stuffing folders, and keeping watch over the meeting to make sure everything went smoothly.  Thank you to the Alameda Co. Community Food Bank for providing coffee and tea and Sara Marin for showing up at 7:30 AM to prepare them!  If your name is inadvertently missed here—many thanks to you too.
Posted 06.01.10
BANPAC Development of an Updated Rethink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer Handout
BANPAC just completed development of an updated Rethink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer handout with action card which will be printed with a grant from Kaiser Permanente. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of the card: Marianne Szeto, Maritza Rodriguez, Darlene Fujii, Lisa Craypo, Shirley Watt, Gwenn White, Suellen Haggerty, Tuline Baykal, Mark Elkin, Liz Sills, and many more! Special thanks to Jo Seavey-Hultquist and FIRST 5 Santa Clara for contributing design, typesetting, and translation into Spanish and Vietnamese.  The card is currently in translation & typesetting and will be printed in early May.  Each county will receive a supply.
Posted 06.01.10
BANPAC received a grant from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program
BANPAC received a grant from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program to develop a one-page SFS/RYD handout w/ reply card. The reply card will suggest options along the spectrum of prevention and those who return the pledge card tear-off will receive ongoing emailed messages from BANPAC. The grant will also help support the BANPAC Website to include Soda Free Summer information.
Posted 06.01.10
Californians’ Attitudes about Taxing Soda and Other Sugar-sweetened Beverages Poll
The California Center for Public Health Advocacy released the results of a statewide poll on Californians’ attitudes about taxing soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to fund obesity prevention programs. The poll found that, even in the midst of the current recession, a solid majority (56 percent) of California voters support taxing sodas and other sweetened beverages to fund childhood obesity programs.  The poll also showed majority support in all major regions of the state, except the Central Valley: San Francisco Bay Area (60 percent), Los Angeles County (61 percent) and other Southern California counties including San Diego and Orange Counties (54 percent).  Support was particularly strong among low-income (60 percent) and Latino (66 percent) voters.  Legislation CCPHA is sponsoring (SB 1210, Florez) would establish a tax of one penny per teaspoon of added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, raising $1.5 billion for childhood obesity programs.  For detailed findings and summary information, you can visit the Soda Tax Poll page the CCPHA Website.
Posted 06.01.10
California Dental Association
The California Dental Association decided to conduct a Sugar Savvy training at their annual meeting in San Francisco in September, after observing Suellen Haggerty conduct the revised training at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on March 23.
Posted 06.01.10
California Legislature: Sugar Savvy Related Bills

In April, the California legislature will considered four “sugar savvy” related bills, including:
* SB 1210 (Florez), a soda tax to fund childhood obesity prevention
* SB 1255 (Padilla), a ban of the sale of electrolyte replacement beverages in public schools
* SB 1413 (Leno), the requirement that schools provide free drinking water in school food service areas
* AB 2084 (Brownley), nutrition standards for beverages in licensed child day care facilities.
Posted 06.01.10
Last Day to Order “Drink Water!” Said the Otter in English or Spanish

Friday April 16 was the last day to order “Drink Water!” Said the Otter in English or Spanish.  Cost is $.77/each plus shipping. Jo Seavey-Hultquist of FIRST 5 Santa Clara is coordinating the reprint/revision, funded by Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Steps to a Healthier Santa Clara County.  If your organization wants to purchase these materials (they are not Network approved) e-mail Jo TODAY at
Joanne@FIRST5KIDS.ORG
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Posted 06.01.10
Last Year's Soda Free Summer Brochures

Please DO NOT use last year’s Soda Free Summer brochures, and tell your partners not to, unless you remove the reply card (address is no longer valid) and update the annual average sugar consumption (using stickers) to 100 pounds per year and ¼ pound per day. With both side panels removed, it provides an effective tracking form for use at workshops and community events.
Posted 06.01.10
Learn what Coca Cola is Saying About “beverages and tooth decay”

At
http://productnutrition.thecoca-colacompany.com/articles/dental-health
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Posted 06.01.10
Lillian Castillo Contributed to Article on Youth & Fitness in the Gilroy Dispatch

BANPAC member Lillian Castillo contributed to this article on youth & fitness in the Gilroy Dispatch;
www.gilroydispatch.com/news/264726-giving-fitness-a-fighting-chance
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Posted 06.01.10
Marianne Szeto Reported Recently Touring a SFUSD Campus
BANPAC member Marianne Szeto reported recently touring a SFUSD campus.  They had several built-in locked glass displays, and she suggested to the principal that she put a rethink your drink display in one of them that can be there year round without worrying about tampering.  Send us your events & suggestions for the next Eblast!
Posted 06.01.10
Rina Shah, MD, FAAP had a letter to the editor published in the Times Herald on March 12, 2010

BANPAC member and February 23rd meeting presenter Rina Shah, MD, FAAP had a letter to the editor published in the Times Herald on March 12, 2010: Doctors can't cure childhood obesity about how small but critical improvements to school lunches could make a big difference for childhood obesity. Check out the article and send in your response as a BANPAC member at www.timesheraldonline.com/opinion/ci_14661994
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An article in the January 2010 Diablo magazine features Dr. Shah and her husband, Dr. Parikh from Kaiser Walnut Creek who both have doctor blogs at
www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/January-2010/Health-Care-20/
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Posted 06.01.10
San Jose Mercury News: Big Soda Should Pick Up Tab Role in Obesity Crisis, 3.15.10
Harold Goldstein, the executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, whose agency credited BANPAC’s Rethink Your Drink Initiative for setting the stage for current policy work to reduce sweetened drink consumption published an opinion piece in the San Jose Mercury News: Big Soda Should Pick Up Tab Role in Obesity Crisis (3/15/10 online).  BANPAC members: here’s a good opportunity to comment online about what your program is doing to counter the obesity crisis:
www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_14681249?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1
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Posted 06.01.10
Santa Clara County Considering Restricting Toy Giveaways with Fast Food
BANPAC partner Santa Clara County is considering restricting toy giveaways with fast food, as part of their Sugar Savvy/Rethink Your Drink initiative.  More at
http://bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/santa-clara-county-to-consider-restricting-toys-that-come-with-junk-food/.
Posted 06.01.10
Suellen Haggerty, Network Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Inspired Newsletter
Network Worksite Wellness Coordinator Suellen Haggerty sent us the Oakland Airport Hilton’s newsletter, featuring the wellness program Suellen inspired.  The newsletter reports that “The Hilton recently launched a new employee wellness program that focuses on consumption of healthier foods…The first topic was Rethink Your Drink in an effort to minimize soda consumption.”  Other topics including eating more fruits & vegetables and “enjoying 30 minutes of exercise daily.”
Posted 06.01.10
Sugar Savvy Summer Tip Sheets
BANPAC Introduced Sugar Savvy Summer Tip Sheets at our April 28th BANPAC meeting.  Tips sheets will help dental offices, childcare providers/preschools, elected officials, schools, and youth programs become more “sugar savvy” and participate in BANPAC’s Rethink Your Drink/Soda Free Summer Campaign.  Thank you to Darlene Fujii, Jo Seavey-Hultquist, Mark Elkin, Andrea Menefee, and Tuline Baykal for developing the Tip Sheets, to the Rethink Your Drink Committee and Leadership Council for finalizing them, and to Andrea Menefee for the final design.
Posted 06.01.10
The Rudd Center has just Launched a New Legislative Database
The Rudd Center has just launched a new legislative database for policy makers, journalists, advocates, researchers and concerned citizens. The Legislative Updates database, which tracks federal and state bills filed during the current Congressional and state legislative sessions, provides detailed bill language and status updates. Issues include access to healthy food, school initiatives, menu labeling, sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, and more.