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WSA Volunteer saves lives in more ways than one!

John Maa, MD, is Chair of the Western States Affiliate Advocacy Committee and also a member of the Greater Bay Area Board of Directors. In addition to being a general surgeon – he is also a steadfast advocate. After three great health wins on the ballot last week (three Bay Area local soda taxes, a state tobacco tax and tighter [...]

Building healthier communities one policy at a time!

What a great day for the Western States Affiliate. Our team of volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly for the last several months to support several ballot initiatives that will improve the health and wellness of our communities. I am happy to share that we were overwhelmingly successful! Here is a summary of some of our initial results: Proposition 56 [...]

Coming soon to San Francisco: warning labels on soda ads

San Francisco is No. 1 on the leaderboard for sweeping policy change. Thanks to  the efforts of Greater Bay Area Chairman, Chris Tsakalakis and board member, John Maa, M.D., soda warning labels on ads in the city and county of San Francisco will be displayed starting this year. The beverage industry had filed a motion to quash the law passed last [...]

Election Day secures landmark legislation to help fight diabetes and heart disease

Congratulations to advocates and volunteers in Berkeley, CA, who passed a $.01 cents per ounce tax on sodas and other sugar sweetened beverages! We applaud this initiative as a key breakthrough in the fight against America's diabetes and heart disease epidemic. The tax will raise an estimated $1 million to $3 million annually, applying to sodas, iced tea and energy drinks, the largest [...]