Could Berkeley’s soda tax be a model for tackling obesity across America?

We all know what happened in the election few days ago. Berkeley city in California definitely made history in this election to be the first city in the nation to impose a tax on sugary drinks.


Berkely Vs. Big Soda advocacy group worked hard and lobbied for this victory as a part of their Healthy Child Initiative campaign. There will be a $0.01 per ounce tax on all beverages sweetened with sugar ( except alcohol, dairy products and drinks for medical purposes). The revenue of this tax will support the city’s health and health education programs.

This indeed shows how America is ready to fight for a healthier society and let’s hope there will be many cities and states that will follow Berkeley’s lead to a healthier America.

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Dehydration Is Making You Sick And Fat

Planning to lose weight? Sip water throughout the day. Have it always handy. Drinking water throughout the day will make you feel full and it will also speed up your metabolism.

Dehydration can cause many health problems and hinder most of the organs in human body; skin, bladder, kidneys you name it.

This article gives you 11 reasons to drink water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause fatigue, high blood pressure, asthma, skin disorders, high cholesterol, digestive disorders, bladder/kidney problems, constipation, joint pain, weight gain and premature aging.

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GlobalTap Partners with HBO: The Weight of the Nation

In an effort to fight the alarming obesity rates in America, HBO together with GlobalTap  and Whole Kids Foundation (an organization created by the Whole Foods Market) have pledged to “install 100 salad bars and water taps total throughout U.S. schools by September 2012″.

HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente have created agreat four-part documentary – The Weight of the Nation. You can watch the videos, and find invaluable data on the subject, on the HBO website.