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Mayor Nutter: Don't waste food stamps on soda

In a letter to congressional leaders, mayors of 18 major American cities including Michael Nutter advocated for changes to SNAP.

Courtesy of Wiki Commons. A coalition of mayors suggested limitations to the food stamp program, such as banning the purchase of sodas, rather than making cuts to it. Credit: Wiki Commons

In a letter to congressional leaders, mayors of 18 major American cities including Michael Nutter advocated for changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

As the food-stamp program faces federal cuts, the mayors asked for continued assistance to those in need, but championed changes to help facilitate healthier habits.

More than one-third of American adults are now obese, the letter stated, "which costs approximately $147 billion per year in associated medical expenses."

"It is time to test and evaluate approaches limiting SNAP’s subsidization of products, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, that are contributing to obesity," the letter read.

Officials also suggested incentives for healthy eating.

 
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