POWER UP! has initiated a project to develop stories of healthy public policy change happening in jurisdictions and organizations across Canada and the world. The aim of this project is to share stories of policy change relevant to physical activity and healthy eating for obesity prevention, as well as to facilitate policy learning across jurisdictions.
Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Learn about the rationale, process and early outcomes of Mexico, Berkeley, California and France’s SSB Tax:
A special excise tax of 1 peso per litre ($0.08/L) demonstrates the feasibility of a special tax and the impact of tax on SSB prices and consumption.
A tax on SSB and ASB (artificial sugary beverages) is enacted with the aim of decreasing obesity rates. Tax revenues are allocated to public health.
The city of Berkeley moves to implement a recent $0.35/L SSB Tax.
Municipal Healthy Food and Beverage Policies
This story explores the adoption and implementation of the City of Hamilton’s Corporate Food and Beverage Policy.
Access the Hamilton Policy directly through the Prevention Policies Directory by clicking here.
Toronto’s Residential Apartment Commercial Zone
This story explores the City of Toronto’s development of the Residential Apartment Commercial Zone policy, its implications for health, and lessons learned.
Alberta’s Daily Physical Activity Policy for Schools
This story highlights the development of Alberta’s Daily Physical Activity (DPA) Policy for Schools and the key lessons learned throughout the process.
Promoting Healthier Food in Saanich Recreation Facilities (British Columbia)
This story outlines Saanich Recreation’s experience “catching the wave” of public nutrition policy and creating healthier food environments in its community recreation facilities.