Beyond the Soda Tax, Aiming for Long-Term Health

Sep. 22, 2012 / By

By April Suwalsky, Richmond Pulse

“Childhood obesity isn’t some simple, discrete issue. There’s no one cause we can pinpoint. There’s no one program we can fund to make it go away. Rather, it’s an issue that touches on every aspect of how we live and how we work.” — First Lady Michelle Obama, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference, 9/15/2010

The eyes of California and the nation are on Richmond, as it roils in a hotbed of political debate over a proposed soda tax to appear on the November ballot. But while Richmonders’ opinions on the measures are all over the spectrum, most agree the city makes for an ideal test bed.

Political views in Richmond run the gamut from liberal to conservative, and while history in the community goes deep, this is also a place that is open to innovation and change. And with the obesity epidemic here nearing crisis proportions, that may be needed now more than ever.

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