Looking Beyond Headlines about Recent Heart Research

March 27th, 2012

Founder of the Hispanic Food Communications, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, demystifies the medical jargon of the recent article titled “Sugary Drinks Can Be Hard on Heart: Study”.

Soda values

March 23rd, 2012

Without high-handed government intervention or regressive taxation, Americans everywhere are making healthy lifestyle choices from the expanded offerings of low-calorie beverage from American beverage makers. American beverage makers are taking it one step further by funding health living and nutritional programs in Philadelphia and other American cities, like the recent $10 million pledge to support [...]

Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living: Poll

March 22nd, 2012

Most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a ‘nanny state’

Nutter: Soda tax ‘not on radar’

March 12th, 2012

Mayor Michael Nutter’s “no new taxes” pledge may become another politician’s broken promise as the mayor ponders The Soda Tax, Part III. After twice being told by Philadelphians and the City Council alike that Philadelphia can ill afford the economic harm of this regressive tax, the mayor has said only, “We need to wait and [...]

Local business owner sees bottle bill as costly

October 11th, 2011

For many local business owners, the cost of expanding the bottle bill outweighs the benefits. Paul Barber, owner of the Flying Rhino Café in Worcester expressed his concern over the additional costs associated with expanding the bottle bill. Barber believes that expanding the bottle bill would force business owners and consumers to “bear additional costs [...]

Taxing soda wont prevent obesity

September 30th, 2011

A new study by Lehigh University suggests that obesity is a far more complex issue than Mayor Nutter has led on. The mayor has tried to justify previous attempts to pass a soda tax in Philadelphia by citing increasing obesity rates. However, the new study suggests that there are many factors contributing to obesity and [...]

Mayor refuses CHOP funds

September 30th, 2011

Mayor Nutter’s refusal to accept CHOP funds may be an indication that he is ready to introduce a soda tax for the third time. In response to his decision, the mayor tweeted, “Taking money from Big Soda to fight obesity is like taking money from the NRA to fight guns. You can’t buy this City [...]

No Soda Tax for Philly!

June 16th, 2011

The City Council of Philadelphia reached a deal last night, but one that does not include the soda tax Mayor Nutter had proposed.

Radio: Nutter looking to entertain vote Thursday

June 15th, 2011

Marc Rayfield discussed the controversial issue of the soda-tax on KYW 1060 this week. Following Wednesday’s rally, City Council was expected to return to discussing the budget, which, if Mayor Nutter has his way, would include $100 million in new taxes.

Some Council members are looking for a solution that doesn’t include new taxes

June 15th, 2011

Several are even already declaring his tax proposal dead,’s Troy Graham, Jeff Shields, and Kristen Graham reported.