I read with great interest David Templeton's Oct. 7 article "Eating Myself to Death," which stated, "As [Beth] Walley's ordeal reveals, obesity is difficult to reverse." The beverage industry in Pennsylvania and nationwide has led many worthwhile efforts to reduce obesity.
The industry voluntarily removed sugared beverages from the schools through its School Beverage Guidelines. The Clear on Calories campaign as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign has placed the caloric content on all of our products on the front of every container so the consumer can make a clear choice on whether to consume the product.
Through other local and national efforts such as grants for the Fruits and Veggies on the Move truck in Allentown, Pa.; the Edible Gardens project in Pittsburgh; renovation of public parks through Kaboom in Bethlehem, Pa.; and new fitness equipment to schools through Body by Jake, the beverage industry is stepping up to fight obesity. It is through these efforts and not taxes on sugared beverages, as suggested by one person in the article, that the obesity issue will be solved.
The Pennsylvania Beverage Association, its members and more than 7,500 employees are committed to working with federal, state and local officials and organizations to promote its programs to fight obesity in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Beverage Association
First Published October 14, 2013 8:00 PM