AMA Announces New Policy on Final Day of Annual Meeting

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, concluded its Annual Meeting today and announced the adoption of the following new policy:

Eligibility of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages for SNAP
Millions of Americans from low-income households receive assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages account for 58 percent of beverages purchased under SNAP. Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain and a higher risk of future obesity in children. New AMA policy passed today calls on the AMA to work to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from the SNAP program and encourage state health agencies to include nutrition information in routine materials sent to SNAP recipients.

“The AMA is working to improve the nation’s health care outcomes, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are often linked to obesity,” said AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. “Removing sugar-sweetened beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will help encourage healthier beverage choices.”

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