New York City’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks sounds extreme — but the governor of the nation’s leanest state is listening.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says elected officials run a political risk for proposing dramatic lifestyle changes that Hickenlooper called “one step away from the nanny state.” But the Democratic governor also said he didn’t see any alternative to dramatic ideas like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda proposal. Hickenlooper says that the government can’t afford not to act to tackle obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases.
Hickenlooper made the remarks to a conference of wellness experts in Aspen this week. Hickenlooper said he’d unveil a wellness platform later this year but gave no specifics what he’d propose.