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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9B In the wake of a growing movement to rein in,sugary drink consumption and Unprecedented evidence tying these beverages to California's skyrocketing diabetes and obesity rates, Senate Majority I.e.ader Bill Monning (D-Cannel) recently introduced landmark legislation requiring safety warning labels on sugary drinks. "Given the rock-solid scientific evidence showing the dangers of sugary beverages, the state of California has a responsibility to inform consumers about products proven to be harmful to the public's health," said Monning. "This bill will give Californians the at-a-glance information they need to make more healthful choices every day." Senate Bill 203 would require a simple warning on the front of beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. These beverages include sodas, sweet teas, sports drinks and energy drinks. The label, developed by a national panel of public health experts, would read: STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. First introduced by Monning as SB 1000 in last . year's legislative cycle, SB 203 is a response to voters' growing concerns about the health impact of these beverages, especially among children. The legislation rides a growing wave of public support for policies aimed at lowering consumption of sugary drinks. A 2014 Field Poll shows that 74 percent of likely voters support putting warning labels on sugary drinks. "When you have medical professionals, public health officials and an overwhelming body of science all pointing to sugary drinks as the leading contributor to the skyrocketing diabetes epidemic, California must take action," said Dr. Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which is sponsoring the legislation. An estimated 14 percent of Californians have diabetes today, the highest rate in history. In just the past decade, prediabetes in U.S. teens more than doubled from 9 to 23 percent, leading researchers to forecast that 1 in 3 children will develop type II diabetes as adults. This tsunami of diabetes is being seen firsthand in the state's hospitals, where 1 in 3 patients have diabetes, increasing their costs by $2,200 per visit. Diabetes commonly leads to amputation, heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and a higher likelihood of premature death. In addition, over 60 percent of California's adults and 40 percent of California's children are overweight, making them more susceptible to heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. The relationship between metabolic problems and sugary drinks has been , shown by an overwhelming body of research. Because added sugar in liquid form is absorbed much more quickly by the body, sugary drinks quickly spike blood sugar and force the pancreas to secrete high levels of insulin. Meanwhile, excess fructose is converted to fat that accumulates in the liver. Fatty liver disease increases insulin resistance and inflammation, forcing the pancreas to produce even more insulin. After just six months of daily consumption of excess fructose, fat deposits in the liver increase by 150 percent, directly contributing to type II diabetes. Studies show that drinking one soda a day increases an adult's likelihood of being overweight by 27 percent and a child's by 55 percent, while increasing the risk of diabetes by 26 percent. Sugary drinks are the single largest contributor of added calories in the American diet, responsible for 43 percent of the calories added since the 1970s. Two-thirds of California's teens drink a Sugary drink every day. "California's city and county physician health Dennis Black guides visitors" experiences at Plumas-Eureka State Park. Black was named Docent of the Year for 2014. Photo courtesy Plumas-Eureka State Park Association park plans workday The Plumas-Eureka State Park Association is seeking participants for two upcoming events in support of Plumas County's only state park. Docent training PESPA seeks new volunteers/docents to attend a docent training April 25 at 10 a.m. in the museum basement in Plumas-Eureka State Park. The association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, supports the park by staffing the museum seven days per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day; the profits from sales are used to enhance PESPA's educational and interpretive programs. "These projects take teamwork, manpower and love of our natural environment to show our visitors the possibilities that exist for unwindingfrom their daffy lives," said Tim Hardie, PESPA coordinator. The training will run until 3 p.m. and includes an orientation with park rangers and veteran volunteers. "Campers, hikers, birdwatchers, geologists, history buffs, educators, trailblazers, carpenters, blacksmiths, assay office explainers, Moriarity House tour givers and just good hard workers are all needed to make this upcoming season work -- and be fun for all," said Hardie. Organizers request those planning to attend RSVP so they can plan lunch. RSVP via plumas-eureka.org or 836-1995 by April 18. Spring cleaning A cleanup event will be held Saturday, May 2, before the park opens for the season. Volunteers will work 9 a.m. - i p.m. at the park, and then lunch and water will be provided by the PESPA board of directors from i to 2 p.m. Hard ie suggests bringing gloves, sturdy footwear, work clothes and favorite yard and cleaning tools to the workday. Last year 40 individuals assisted at the PESPA cleanup event. RSVP at 836-1995 by April 25 so organizers can plan lunch. officers work in their communities every day to educate consumers and protect public health," said Kat DeBurgh, executive director of the Health Officers Association of California, a co-sponsor of the bill. "The health officers are tired of watching their communities get sick because of sugary drinks. A warning label would go a long way to getting the word out about which drinks have the most risk." Last year, warning label legislation passed California's State Senate but fell short in the Assembly Health Committee due to heavy industry lobbying. A handful of committee members chose not to take a position at that time. Complete information on the legislation, including fact sheets on the science linking sugary beverages .to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay, is available at sodawarning label.org. About the California Center for Public Health Advocacy The California Center for Public Health Advocacy is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization at the forefront of solving the obesity and diabetes epidemics by advocating for groundbreaking policies that build a healthier California. About the Health Officers Association of California The Health Officers Association of California represents the physician health officers in California's city and county jurisdictions. They conduct special projects to advance the practice of public health in California, provide public health-focused continuing medical education for physicians and provide technical expertise to the state Legislature on matters related to public health. Local band Edgewater is set to play March 21 at Chester's Cabin Fever Dance. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Band plays at Chester dance party The Chester Veterans Hall treatment. will be the location for the General admission is $10. March 21 Cabin Fever Dance Plumas Arts members pay $8. brought to the Lake Almanor Advance sale tickets will be Basin by Plumas Arts. available at Books & Beyond "The event was such a and Plumas Bank in Chester. success last year that we will Tickets will also be on sale at be giving it a return the door. engagement," said Plumas Edgewater is a fiery and ' Arts board member and event energetic hometown band organizer Jeff Bryant. from Lake Almanor. With an All are invited to dance to emphasis on rock 'n' roll and the classic rock 'n' roll, R&B blues, the band also performs and blues music of Lake country rock, rockabilly and" Almanor's own hometown original material to entertain band Edgewater. audiences of all ages: Doors will open at 6 p.m. The band features The band starts playing at musicians Joe Aman (guitar, 6:30 p.m. The dance is keyboards, vocals), Grant scheduled to end at 10 p.m. Holliday (bass guitar, vocals), The Lake Almanor Area Ronnie Silva (drums/ Chamber of Commerce will percussion, vocals) and Stu provide a no-host bar along Speer (guitar, lead vocals). with nonalcoholic beverages. Edgewater performs at Proceeds from the bar will public and private events help to fund chamber projects including concerts,' for the community and a fundraisers and private and portion of ticket sales will corporate special events. In benefit one of the founding addition to this Cabin Fever members of Edgewater, who Dance the band will be is undergoing cancer performing at Old Towne' i Chester's All-American Beer Walk; a bandshell summer concert at Lake Almanor Country Club, Chester's "No City Limits" benefit concerts at Chester Park and Chester Memorial Hall, Diamond Mountain Casino, Dana Campbell's "Leo-Fest" concert, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair and Oktoberfest in Old Towne Chester. Sponsorship for the event has been provided by Tim O'Brien, Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Holliday Investment Management. The Plumas Arts board of directors hopes that the dances will help increase awareness about what Plumas Arts does throughout the county and help boost Lake Almanor Basin area membership support for Plumas Arts. Plumas Arts has served since 1981 as the Plumas County representative in the California Arts Council's state-local partnership program. ............... 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