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When people in our community are empowered to eat better and lead healthier lives, everyone benefits. That’s why Project Open Hand supports Proposition E, the tax on sugared beverages. Proposition E provides a real opportunity to improve the health and well-being of San Francisco residents.
At Project Open Hand, we see the effects of poor nutrition on a daily basis. Some of our most critically ill clients come to us after years of eating poorly, often because healthy choices were not available to them. For many clients with diabetes, heart disease, HIV and other serious illnesses, their diseases were caused or exacerbated by poor nutrition.
As of 2010, nearly a third (31.7%) of children and adolescents in San Francisco were either obese or overweight. And we know that overweight children all-too-often grow up to be unhealthy, overweight adults. Furthermore, one in three children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Proposition E supports programs that can get young people back on track to living active, healthy lives.