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San Francisco’s proposed soda tax will reduce soda consumption and fund active recreation and nutrition programs in SF public schools, Recreation and Park Department rec centers and sports programs, and food access and nutrition education through the Department of Public Health.

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    Vote Yes on E to Save Lives in San Francisco

    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.

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    Soda Tax Fight Redux: San Francisco Style

    Brace yourselves, San Francisco! As a leader of a coalition supporting the 2010 New York State sugary drink tax, I’ve been on the receiving end of what you’re experiencing – a massive Big Soda campaign to kill your tax proposal.

    The multi-billion dollar beverage industry, with its high priced issue advocacy consultants, doesn’t mess around. You are about to incur the full wrath of Big Soda’s deep pockets as the clock ticks closer to the vote on your soda tax ballot measure. But the industry’s bag of tricks isn’t bottomless and we’re seeing some of the same tactics used in San Francisco that were used in New York State and other locales.

    What are these tactics? Here’s a list of some of what we’ve seen, and a good idea of what San Francisco may see, when all is said and done:

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    A Yes Vote on Measure E, the San Francisco Soda Tax, Will Help Make ‘PE for All’ a Reality

    When the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, my elementary school-age daughter and I were beyond excited. But my elation was dampened by the reality that many children never learn how to swing a bat or throw a ball during the school day, because the funding simply hasn’t been there for quality Physical Education in our public schools.

    That will change when voters pass the San Francisco Soda Tax, which will generate revenue mandated to support PE in public schools. The tax will make it possible for ALL public school students to get regular PE, which benefits children’s bodies and minds.

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    Big Soda Wants to Be Your Buddy

    Coca-Cola-Buddy.jpgBut honestly, what kind of friend concocts a sugary substance that science has shown to cause diabetes, heart attacks and cancer; and then relentlessly markets this liquid candy to our teens and children, especially our kids of color?

    Big Soda, represented by the American Beverage Association (which in SF calls itself the Coalition for an Affordable City), wants us to believe it is selling the promise of happiness, when in reality it is selling children the promise of amputations, blindness, and kidney failure.

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    Support the Soda Tax and Stop Big Soda

    The Soda Tax proposed in San Francisco's Measure E and Berkeley's Measure D, on the ballot this November, is one of chronic disease prevention's all time “best buys”. It can help reduce consumption of the largest single contributor of empty calories and added sugar — soda and other sugary drinks. It can do it for everyone, every day, and everywhere in those communities. It doesn’t cost government money; instead it raises funds that can support critically important public health programs, including those to prevent or address the problems caused by these products. That is, our massive epidemic of obesity and diabetes, not to mention heart disease and tooth decay. It puts the burden on the right people: the ones who are making extraordinary profits pushing this stuff on our families.

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    Yes on E, Soda Tax Funds Will Provide Support for Children's Health and Nutrition

    Despite her best effort, she just couldn’t concentrate on the task at hand.

    I tried moving her desk closer to the board. I tried afterschool tutoring and early morning practice with the coming assignment. I even tried presenting the lesson by putting the words to music. Nothing was working, and Reyna* was falling farther and farther behind in her studies.

    It was critically important that Reyna*, a fifth grader at Willie Brown College Preparatory Academy in Bayview-Hunters Point, master the academic skills necessary to ensure she and her fellow students were ready for middle school and beyond. As their teacher in 2008, it was my privilege and honor to do my part to make this their reality.

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    Healthy Corner Stores Decolonize Our Diets

    The corporate control over our food system has colonized our diets. Highly processed foods have become a part of our regular diet, disconnected us from the earth, become cheaper and more readily available than quality foods, and have made us oblivious to the detrimental impacts of their consumption. Food justice is the notion that access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable food is a fundamental human right. Quality food products should not only be available to those who have the resources to spend $10 on an organic tomato, especially when eating more nutritious foods is one of the greatest preventative health measures one can take. The work of the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition (www.HealthyTL.org) is to empower residents by increasing their access to quality and affordable foods through converting corner stores into healthy retailers.

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    Food Bank Says No to Donated Soda, Votes Yes on Beverage Tax

    SF-Marin Food BankIn 2014, the SF-Marin Food Bank officially drove out the last can of soda from our inventory. For the past decade, we have steadily reduced the amount of soda we receive.

    Readers may wonder how soda ever found its way into the Food Bank inventory. Rest assured, food drive participants weren’t placing two-liters in the collection bins. Soda comes to food banks by way of mixed truckloads donated by food manufacturers and other food banks. For instance, two pallets of soda might be stacked in the back of an 18-wheeler of donated cereal.

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    The Power of Organizing

    Every now and then, pundit and pollster Election Day predictions are way off. The talking heads chat back and forth, speculating about what went wrong. But guess who almost always knows the answer? Organizers. And the underlying cause of those inaccurate predictions? Usually, organizers. Good organizers inspire and engage. These mysterious people who showed up to vote didn’t make it into pollsters’ voting models.

    For San Francisco’s soda tax, our organizers are engaging voters and recruiting volunteers every single day in every neighborhood. Building an army of volunteers is how we are going to beat Big Soda this November, and is the reason we started organizing a year before this November’s election. Will you join us by supporting their hard work?

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    Latest Headline: Is San Francisco Big Soda's Waterloo?

    “This is the first real attempt anywhere in the country where those leading the effort for a tax can match the capacity of the beverage industry." – SF Magazine July 2014.

    Check out the July issue of San Francisco Magazine. Their article on our campaign to pass a soda tax is right — San Francisco isn’t any other American City, and this isn’t 2012. 

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