Mississippi leads the nation in obesity and with Governor Bryant signing Senate Bill 2687, this will be a setback that Mississippians cannot afford. The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi do not support legislation that prohibits local governments from addressing the health concerns of its citizens. "We are very disappointed by Governor Bryant choosing to sign a bill that prohibits local governments from giving its citizens a fighting chance at eating better and maintaining a healthy lifestyle," said Kimberly Hughes, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's, Government Relations Director. Because Senate Bill 2687 was so broadly written, there is the likelihood for many unintended consequences.
We have many city leaders that are making great strides in creating healthier communities and the continuation of those programs could now be at risk. This law prohibits counties, cities, and elected bodies from not only enacting ordinances or regulations pertaining to improving the health of its citizens by way of having restaurants offer nutritional information to its consumers known as menu labeling, but also promoting healthy foods. Consumers should be educated about making healthy choices and menu labeling is one tool that can be very helpful. "We are at the point where we cannot afford to gamble with the health and wellness of our state," said Katherine Bryant, American Heart Association's Mississippi Government Relations Director.
We have come to a point where more and more Mississippi cities are making efforts to address the health of its community by promoting healthier foods and offering incentives for making healthy choices and we want for them to be able to keep as many options as possible.
About the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
About The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi
The mission of The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is to provide educational information and awareness about the impact of tobacco on Mississippi and to improve the culture of health in Mississippi by applying lessons learned in tobacco prevention to other leading causes of death and disease impacting our State and Nation.
About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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