Governor Brown signed a bill that prohibits the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages on school campuses during the school day. This bill impacted more than 6 million California students by eliminating junk food marketing.
Both Cathedral City and City of Long Beach joined the growing movement to serve kids better by voting to adopt a healthy default drink in kids’ meals at restaurants. This policy made water, milk or juice the default beverage option in bundled kids’ meals in these two California localities.
Daly City, CA unanimously voted to adopt a healthy default drink in kids’ meals. This vote established that water or milk would be the default drink in kids’ meals.
InnerCity Struggle (ICS) has a long legacy of working for change in the Eastside of Los Angeles community, which is predominantly immigrant, Latino, and low-income.
The Stockton City Council passed an ordinance requiring either water or milk to be served as the default beverage in children’s meals. At the time, this was the second law of the “healthy-by-default” rule in the United States. Since Stockton, we’ve seen kids’ meals progress in Perris, Santa Clara County, Berkeley, Cathedral City, Long Beach, and Daly City, CA as well as Lafayette, CO and Baltimore, MD.
Los Angeles County made strides to improve its walking and biking fatality rates, which ranked among the worst in the nation. The advocacy organization Investing in Place played a critical role in the implementation of the Los Angeles County Transportation Improvement Plan, which helped create better sidewalks, street crossings and bike lanes to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race or ethnicity, has comfortable and convenient access to safer streets.
California Governor Jerry Brown approved the final FY 2016-2017 budget with $9.5 million allocated for school filtration systems. This ensured more than 100,000 students living in low-income communities have access to safe drinking water at school.
Berkeley, CA, was the first city to pass a 1-cent-per-ounce sugary drink tax. The tax generated more than $1.5 million in revenue in the first year, which was used to fund nutrition and health programs. The success of the Berkeley tax led to Philadelphia passing a similar tax and other California cities are considering following in their footsteps.
This campaign was not funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.