OLYMPIA, Wash.—Washington voters passed Initiative 1634, which removes local control and eliminates the ability for local governments to pass sugary drink taxes to benefit their communities. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network opposed this initiative.
House Passage of Child Nutrition Bill an Opportunity to Reduce Childhood Obesity
WASHINGTON, DC – December 2, 2010 – “A nationwide strategy to improve nutrition and physical activity in children is vitally important to ensure that future generations grow up healthy. With approximately one-third of all cancer deaths attributable to poor diet, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity, the House’s passage today of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization legislation sends this important bill to the President’s desk for his signature and brings us one step closer to better addressing some of the most prevalent and severe health problems in our nation’s children..
“Being overweight increases the risk for cancer recurrence and decreases the likelihood of survival for many cancers. The prevalence of obesity in this country has more than doubled in the past 25 years, and more than one-third of adults – more than 72 million people – are currently obese.
“Obesity among adolescents has tripled over the past three decades. Because overweight and obese children are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, efforts to establish healthy body weight patterns should begin in childhood.
“ACS CAN is committed to promoting disease prevention, including good nutrition, for all Americans in all sectors of society. ACS CAN supports the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, as well as other initiatives that promote healthy living for children, support the need to update nutrition standards outside of school meals programs and place a stronger emphasis on physical education and health.”
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