diet_soda.jpgTo mark the start of summer Wednesday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee brought back the “Soda Free Summer” initiative that encourages city residents to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.

The initiative, which is in its fifth year, is an attempt to take on the public health crises of obesity, inactivity and poor nutrition by noting the impacts of drinking sodas and other soft drinks, according to the mayor’s office.

“San Franciscans are fortunate to have pristine Hetch Hetchy tap water that is among the cleanest and best tasting in the world,” Lee said in a statement. “This summer, I encourage everyone to rethink choosing sugary drinks and hydrate with clean, refreshing tap water.”

The initiative is a partnership between the mayor’s office, other city agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, San Francisco Junior Giants and other local groups.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Robert B. Livingston

    Great initiative!

    Very PC– and it costs nothing!

    Well, I suppose I’ve been wrong elsewhere believing that everything in this city is for sale!

    Once upon a time, a millionaire (how quaint) told me that he made money from interest on invested savings he had not spent on buying Coca Cola– not the stock, but the lip-smacking sickly-sweet real deal. He said the secret of his fortune was drinking water instead!

    Maybe Mayor Lee is thinking a few steps ahead and has figured out how the city might get some of the nickels and dimes (how quaint) we will all be saving!

    They could pay to close down a park or street for a day or two so that a public-private partnership could throw a hugely promoted ball for our wealthy city scions to raise some token money to benefit our scary youth: say, for cavity filling, tie-buying, cell-phone lifelines, deportment classes– whatever, fill-in-the-blank: so long as it makes us feel good that we did something… anything!

  • Robert B. Livingston

    Great initiative!

    Very PC– and it costs nothing!

    Well, I suppose I’ve been wrong elsewhere believing that everything in this city is for sale!

    Once upon a time, a millionaire (how quaint) told me that he made money from interest on invested savings he had not spent on buying Coca Cola– not the stock, but the lip-smacking sickly-sweet real deal. He said the secret of his fortune was drinking water instead!

    Maybe Mayor Lee is thinking a few steps ahead and has figured out how the city might get some of the nickels and dimes (how quaint) we will all be saving!

    They could pay to close down a park or street for a day or two so that a public-private partnership could throw a hugely promoted ball for our wealthy city scions to raise some token money to benefit our scary youth: say, for cavity filling, tie-buying, cell-phone lifelines, deportment classes– whatever, fill-in-the-blank: so long as it makes us feel good that we did something… anything!