Health Care -Denver’s Sugar Tax

Content Imagine that Denver has a new mayor.  She is concerned about the rising obesity rate in the state.  She is considering 3 different policy interventions, each of which is aimed at reducing the state’s obesity rate.  The potential policies are the following:

Sugar Tax: The Mayor is considering placing a 1-cent-per-ounce sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and foods with high sugar content (e.g., candy).  She believes that increasing the price of such drinks and foods would reduce the amount of sugar that Colorado residents consume, helping to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity.

write an editorial for publication in the Denver Post.   You may argue for or against the proposed policy.  If you argue against the policy, you must offer an alternative intervention that is aimed at reducing obesity and is at the same level of prevention or a more upstream level of prevention than the policy you oppose.

For Paper #1, you will write a letter to the editor of the Denver Post that either supports or opposes a proposed public health policy intervention.

Format:  No more than 500 words, double-spaced, 1-inch margins all around, Times New Roman 12-point font, indent the first line of each paragraph, include page numbers in the upper right-hand corner of the page.


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