SSB Restrictions

Today almost one-third of children in the United States are obese or overweight. Many studies have demonstrated a link between obesity and the consumption of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Many public health advocates see cutting down on the excessive consumption of SSBs as a clear obesity prevention policy strategy.

As such, ChangeLab Solutions has created a collection of resources for advocates and policy makers who want to address this issue. We have the resources you need for developing regulatory policies to address the availability of SSBs for children in your community. If you are unable to find what you are looking for here, you can contact us directly for legal and policy technical assistance. 

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Where to start?

A common question from public health professionals around the country is “Where do we start?” ChangeLab Solutions has developed a Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Playbook that outlines 10 strategies for communities and states to consider to reduce SSB consumption to improve health. In general, communities and states begin with public education campaigns and work their way up to restrictions on the availability of SSBs. A collection of strategies, rather than a single strategy, will more effectively create environments that promote health.

The 10 strategies outlined in the Playbook include:

  1. Launch public awareness campaign (show)

  2. Limit SSBs on government property (show)

  3. Limit SSBs in workplaces (private sector) (show)

  4. Restrict sales of SSBs on and near school grounds (show)

  5. Prohibit SSBs in childcare and afterschool programs (show)

  6. Restrict SSB marketing in schools (show)

  7. Eliminate SSBs from kids’ meals (show)

  8. License SSB retailers (show)

  9. Tax SSBs (show)

  10. Limit SSB portion sizes (show)

Warning Labels and Other Emerging Strategies (show)