Efforts to combat obesity-related health issues in Illinois will continue
Though previously stalled, today the House Revenue and Finance Committee considered the HEAL Act as an amendment to House Bill 397, sponsored by Representative Robyn Gabel. Though it failed to pass this time, advocates were thrilled that the House considered the legislation again, noting that their work to pass the legislation was designed to be a multi-year effort. The HEAL Act, which places a modest penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, would raise an estimated $600 million that would be devoted to school and community health programs such as physical education, community gardens, farmers markets, healthy food in child care centers. It would also fund expanded prevention services for low-income residents.