MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak is among 17 other big city mayors, including those of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, reviving a push prohibiting the use of food stamps to buy pop and other sugary drinks.
Their request was included in a letter sent to congressional leaders Tuesday.
Soda pop is being unfairly targeted, at least that’s the opinion of Tim Wilkins. He is the president of the Minnesota Beverage Association in St. Paul.
“A calorie is a calorie, whether it’s food or in liquid form, in fact most of the calories we ingest is through the food we eat, the vast majority,” said Wilkins.
Wilkins said the politicians should focus changes elsewhere, like increasing playtime at schools and encouraging parents to take a more active role in their kids’ lives.
“The institute of medicine advocates at least 60 minutes of physical education a day. These days we’ve practically done away with PE in the public schools. The kids are not active. Parents too need to chase them outside instead of letting them sit in front of the TV or computer all day,” he said.
Finally, Wilkins said prohibiting the use of food stamps to buy carbonated drinks is kicking the down and out while they are already down.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Chris Simon Reports