Sugary Drink Tax Legislation Will Bubble Up Again

Efforts to combat obesity-related health issues in Illinois will continue

May 05, 2014, 07:00 ET from Illinois Public Health Institute

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite reports to the contrary, efforts to pass the proposed state sugary drink tax will continue. The Healthy Eating/Active Living (HEAL) Act, a modest penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, would raise an estimated $600 million in revenue that would be devoted to school and community health programs such as physical education, community gardens, farmers markets, and healthcare for low-income residents.

"The reports of the sugary drink tax's demise are greatly exaggerated," said Elissa Bassler, Executive Director of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, which is leading the charge to pass the HEAL Act.

"We need to invest in public health and obesity prevention," said State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago). "I introduced the HEAL Act to begin a necessary conversation. I'm committed to revisiting this issue every year until we pass a law that encourages people to make healthy choices about sugary drinks."

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SOURCE Illinois Public Health Institute