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AHA Volunteers Take a Stand on Sugary Drinks

Unhealthy sugary drinks are fueling a rise in Type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease in Seattle children, and the Seattle City Council is considering a small tax on those beverages to help fight chronic diseases and fund education and public health programs

hero_image_alt_text===Children holding signs in support of Seattle Sugary Drink campaign
thumbnail_alt_text===Children holding signs in support of Seattle Sugary Drink campaign

On Wednesday May 3, the first Seattle City Council hearing on the proposed sugary drink tax was held and it was a great public event. If you haven’t yet reached out to the Council in support of this issue you can do so today! 

The morning started with a press conference at the American Heart Association office.

Press Conference

Then advocates walked to city hall to testify in support of the sugary drink tax, where supporters outnumbered the opposition two to one.

Advocates walking to City Hall

Additional hearings are currently scheduled for May 26, 30 and June 5. If you are interested in attending please email Grace Henscheid for more details about when and where to show up!

If you live in Seattle but you can’t make the hearings make your voice heard - message the Seattle City Council today!

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