On April 7, in honor of World Health Day, medical experts and community members gathered on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall to raise awareness about the health dangers of the overconsumption of sugary drinks. The press conference took place in advance of the City’s soda warning label ordinance appearing before the District Court.
Advocates for the warning labels legislation, including teacher Mary Crenshaw, youth poet Aaron Cadiz, and UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations Director Dr. Dean Schillinger, highlighted the importance of educating consumers about the specific health hazards associated with sugary beverages, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.
The City’s warning label ordinance is an attempt to create a consumer-friendly tool to increase health literacy and awareness of the linkages between sugary drinks and chronic disease, particularly for minorities and low income communities, which are disproportionately impacted by diseases connected to these beverages.
Additionally, American Heart Association volunteers Chris Tsakalakis and Dr. John Maa participated in local radio interviews to discuss the impact of sugary drinks on the health of San Francisco’s children and teens. They stressed that warning labels will give San Francisco families an opportunity to make more informed choices.
Stay tuned for more updates about this active campaign!