Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday approved a four-point resolution to promote healthy drinks and reduce the amount of sugary drinks sold in schools and at restaurants.
"Approximately, 29 percent of Bexar residents are obese and San Antonio remains one of the most overweight cities in the nation with high rates of obesity, diabetes, and many of the secondary health effects such as heart disease, amputations, kidney failure, and premature death," the resolution states. "The rise in obesity in the United States tracks in parallel with increased consumption of sugar among its population."
The effort will include public awareness campaigns, policy work and collaboration with restaurants.
Bexar County will partner with state and local policymakers to restrict sugar-sweetened drinks that are sold to students on public school campuses and the county will also try to work with restaurants and food retailers to limit portion sizes of sugary beverages and to remove the drinks from kid menus.
Bexar County residents can also expect a public-relations campaign, as the resolution calls from partnering with state and local health departments to promote healthy beverages.
The resolution was brought by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, and it notes the challenges the county faces in educating the public about negative health effects brought on by excessive consumption of sugar.
"Over the last several generations, the United States has changed dramatically. We've systematically reduced physical activity in our daily lives and removed it from most of our schools," the resolution states. "Unhealthy foods are sold in larger portion sizes, and it is difficult for many families to buy healthy, affordable foods and beverages. This culture has had a negative impact on our health, leading to dramatic rises in the rates of obesity and diabetes."