140+ Physicians from Leading Pediatric Health Organization in IL Endorse the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act

Posted on: May 28, 2015

More than 140 physicians from ICAAP announced their endorsement today of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act. The HEAL Act invests in community prevention and Medicaid, through a small tax on sugary drinks.

The group includes pediatric chairs from the state’s academic medical centers, researchers, medical school faculty, subspecialists, pediatricians in training, and primary care physicians who see the adverse health impacts of sugary drinks on patients and their families every day. Nearly one in three children in Illinois is overweight or obese.

As Illinois faces a budget crisis, the HEAL Act can raise an estimated $600 million to prevent cuts in Medicaid and invest in healthier kids. “In our view, these revenues should be targeted to critical clinical prevention and treatment services in Medicaid for childhood obesity and oral health that would lower state spending on health care,” said Alejandro Clavier, a Co-Chair of ICAAP’s Health Care Advisory Group on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages.

To read the press release in its entirety, and to see the full list of physicians who signed on in support of the HEAL Act, please click here.

The press release was also featured under multiple headlines in the media.

Chicago Sun-Times: Could Illinois Be First State to Tax Sugary Drinks?

Politico’s Morning Agriculture and Food Policy briefing:  Illinois Doctors Back State Soda Tax

The Southern: Poll Shows Illinoisans Want Soda Tax

Grist.com:  Soda Taxes Bubbling Up All Over

NBC-5 aired a reader about the physician support for the HEAL Act. You can view the clip here.