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Did You Fall for an Internet Hoax?

Do you think it’s “common knowledge” that aspartame causes cancer? If so, you’ve fallen for a decades old internet hoax. A recent article from Smithsonian Magazine shares some of the history behind the myth. “Persistent rumors about aspartame’s links to seemingly every condition under the sun go back to what’s known as the “Nancy Markle” allegations: […]

Supporting a Local Community Program

The beverage industry has a long tradition of giving back to the local communities where we live, work and play. A great example of this is the Fit2Play™ program launched by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department. Eight years ago, Fit2Play was launched with the support of the University of Miami and […]

Making Change Happen in Las Vegas

A few weeks ago the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) announced Las Vegas, Nev., as the first place winner in the large city category of the 2017 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. For the past six years, USCM in partnership with ABFHA has provided grants […]

Columbia, S.C.’s Commitment to Real Solutions

Last week, as part of a long-standing partnership between the U.S Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), six mayors from across the country received grant awards to support their commitment to fighting childhood obesity in their communities. In Columbia, S.C., Mayor Stephen Benjamin is working to help […]

Economics Professor Speaks Out Against Philly Tax

Taxes on foods and beverages are bad policy. They hit low-income families the hardest, they won’t make people healthier and they “reek of government paternalism,” says Abigail R. Hall Blanco, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Tampa. In a blog post for the Independent Institute, Hall Blanco points out that the demand for beverages […]

The Dangers of Tunnel Vision

Obesity and obesity-related diseases are complex challenges driven by many varying factors, including genetics, a lack of physical activity and the over consumption of calories from all sources. Yet public health activists try to focus on pushing one-size-fits-all solutions to address obesity. Recently, an article on ConscienHealth questions the public health activists’ oversimplified solutions to […]

Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners in the American Diet

Low- and no-calorie sweeteners can be found in a range of food and beverages that Americans enjoy, but is consuming these sweeteners a problem? A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics grabbed headlines announcing that there has been a “200 percent increase in kids’ use of artificial sweeteners.” However, […]

Making a Difference in Waterloo

Each year the U.S. Conference of Mayors in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America provides grants to support mayors who are proactively working to fight childhood obesity in their cities. This year Waterloo, Iowa, Mayor Quentin Hart received the 2017 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award for a small city in recognition of […]

Inauguration Day!

Today, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. This special day marks a pivotal moment in the peaceful transfer of power. We congratulate President Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence. We also take this day to thank former President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle […]

Inauguration Day!

Today, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. This special day marks a pivotal moment in the peaceful transfer of power. We congratulate President Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence. We also take this day to thank former President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle […]

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