Table 3

Policy Strategies to Reduce Consumption of SSBs

Social marketing and public health campaigns are needed to raise awareness about the health effects of SSBs and added sugar and about healthy alternatives.
Governments should impose financial disincentives, such as taxation of SSBs of at 1east a 10% price increase, and implement limits for use of SNAP benefits for SSBs or subsidize SNAP purchases of healthier foods to encourage healthier beverage choices.
Regulations are needed to reduce exposure to marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages in the media and at sports events or other activities, particularly in relation to children.
Front of package labeling or other nutrition labeling strategies should be implemented to help guide consumers to make healthy food and beverage choices. These changes should be accompanied by concurrent public health awareness campaigns.
Policies should be put in place to reduce the availability of SSBs in the workplace, health care facilities, government institutions, and other public places and ensure access to safe water and healthy alternatives. Restrictions should also be put in place on large portion sizes.
Educational campaigns about the health risks associated with overconsumption of SSBs should be aimed at health care professionals and clinical populations.
National and international campaigns targeting obesity and chronic disease prevention should include the health risks associated with overconsumption of SSBs.
National and international dietary recommendations should include specific guidelines for healthy beverage consumption.

SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; SSB = sugar-sweetened beverage.