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Supermarkets, pharmacies urged to shift from soda toward no- and low-calorie beverages

from CSPI Newsroom

Supermarkets and pharmacies could help reduce Americans' rates of obesity and diabetes by increasing their marketing of no- or low-calorie alternatives to soda and other sugar drinks. Local public health officials around the nation are calling on those retailers to discuss a variety of means of promoting healthier beverages. "With supermarkets selling the lion's share of sugar drinks, your company and others clearly have an opportunity to promote your customers' health by encouraging customers to switch from high-calorie to low-calorie drinks," wrote the officials, as well as the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and other advocacy groups, to the chief executive officers of 14 top supermarket chains. more

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