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Encouraging Meaningful Solutions

Taxing common grocery items like beverages to solve obesity is poor public policy. Not only are beverage taxes ineffective, they are extremely unpopular. In a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal opinion piece, a reader points out that soda taxes are just thinly-veiled money grabs. “The real reason for all this: more money. I really don’t believe proponents […]

Cutting Through the Smoke and Mirrors

The evidence is clear – taxes on common beverages do not change behavior or make people healthier, yet we continue to be told the opposite. William Shugart, research director at the Independent Institute and a professor at Utah State University, and Josh T. Smith, a master’s student in economics at Utah State University, explain in […]

Taxes Won’t Change Behavior

Tax proponents often falsely claim that taxes on common grocery items like beverages are the cure all to public health challenges like obesity. In a recent article for Reason.com Guy Bentley breaks down why a recent Harvard study claiming the health benefits of taxes “clashes with reality” and “there is not yet a single real […]

No Silver Bullet

It has been well-established by science that obesity and obesity-related diseases are complex challenges driven by many factors. A recent study from a Harvard nutrition professor shows that due to this complexity, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to obesity. According to a New York Times article, Harvard professor Dr. Frank Sacks prescribed several different diets […]

The Downsides of Soda Taxes

Beverage tax supporters often oversell the impact of these fundamentally-flawed policies. The Tax Foundation is pointing out the goals of tax proponents – to both raise revenue and reduce consumption – are mutually exclusive. However, tax proponents often argue the opposite. “The problem with this approach is that supporters are essentially advocating using a declining […]

Is a Calorie Just a Calorie?

Are there different types of calories? Are some calories more “fattening” than others? There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about calories. In a recent column by physical therapist Nick McClary, he shares an interesting anecdote about weight gain – a friend forgoes soda in favor of a “healthier” juice. After switching to the […]

Countdown to Christmas

There are only 15 more shopping days left until Christmas. Have you crossed everything off your shopping list yet? According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) only 9 percent of people had finished shopping after the Thanksgiving weekend. If you missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday don’t worry, there are still plenty of […]

The Ugly Christmas Sweater

The ugly Christmas sweater has become an icon for the holiday season. Each year people find themselves in search of an usually large and tacky sweater to satisfy the popular holiday party theme. But have you ever wondered where this tradition has come from? Turns out, the world may never be sure who held the […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said that Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked was a “date which will live infamy.” Although 75 years have passed since that fateful day, it will forever remain a turning point for our nation. Thousands of young men and women answered the call to service and volunteered […]

Put the Myths to Rest

These articles pop up often – a hand-wringing headline about low- and no-calorie sweeteners, devoid of scientific evidence. Take a recent article from Fast Company asking if diet soda makes you fat. The answer is no. The body of science affirms the effectiveness of low- and no- calorie beverages. The CHOICE study published in the […]

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