SC chief health officials eye food stamp soda ban
COLUMBIA, SC - Seeking to slow the childhood obesity epidemic, South Carolina health leaders would like to limit the purchase of sugar-filled drinks with food stamps.
Catherine Templeton, director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Lillian Koller, director of the Department of Social Services, have exchanged thoughts on the subject. They agree that cutting the intake of sugary drinks could improve the health of the state's children, but they are struggling with how to use the food stamp program as a tool in that effort, and especially with whether the federal government will allow it.
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