Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:24 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:24:58 GMT
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.Police say the fire was set to a residence that was occupied by 4 adults and 2 childrenMore >>
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:00:22 GMT
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday. A press release says various law enforcement from multiple agencies at the federal, state,More >>
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.A press release says the agreement includes the development ofMore >>
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
We have continuing coverage on a highly controversial topic in the state taxing sugar sweetened drinks like soda. Obesity is a growing epidemic in our country. Some health experts feel curbing attitudes is the best way to change behavior.
Several researchers at UVM laid out their findings to see if a tax on sugar sweetened beverages will in fact deter people from drinking them and therefore help curb obesity.
Do you know just how many calories you're consuming in what you drink? Health experts say a woman should only be consuming around six teaspoons of sugar a day or 100 calories; men nine teaspoons or 150 calories. Yet, the average person is downing around 28 and a half teaspoons. That's 475 calories of sugar per day.
"The weight gain by the American population in the last 30 years has come from sugar sweetened beverages," said Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, for the American Heart Association.
So some health organizations are proposing a penny an ounce excise tax. The purpose is to make you think twice before you buy that soda.
"If we want healthcare costs to go down and we want people to be healthier, we have to do things like deterring consumption of unhealthy products. This tax is a way to do it," said Zuk.
One argument against the tax, is that the state will lose money if people cross the border, for example, into New Hampshire to avoid the extra tax.
"We heard today that that's not true that there has been research done that shows definitively that doesn't happen," said Zuk.
In fact, if the one cent per ounce tax is implemented, it will raise nearly 28 million dollars.
Jonathon Besett, a UVM student, believes the tax could work to combat obesity, "I think that it would be helpful and that is a smaller part of they talked about it being a part of a tool box in fighting the obesity thing."
There is no such thing as a magic bullet, but they hope by increasing the tax on sugary beverages. This can be one tool to help curb the obesity epidemic.