Thanks to advocates like you, last fall, the City of Boulder passed a sugary drinks tax that will take effect July 1. This important measure aims to reduce consumption of sugary drinks and keep Coloradans healthier. On Tuesday, City Council is having a public hearing to discuss implementation that will open up the possibility for watering down the country's strongest sugary drink policy. Tell City Council members to stand strong against exemptions!
Here are the facts:
- Consuming sugary drinks—fruit drinks with added sugar, sports drinks, energy drinks and soda—poses a real health risk to kids.
- Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet and are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
If we exempt certain products, the tax may be be taken to court and possibly delayed or turned over. Please tell your City Council member to stand strong against exemptions for the health of Boulder!
One more note, Colorado: I'd like to introduce my colleague Rebecca Levin, Director of Government Relations for the AHA's Colorado Team. She's spent a number of years doing advocacy work in Washington, D.C. and she spent the last year serving in the Governor John Hickenlooper administration. She's a proud Colorado native who is passionate about health and community engagement.