Navajo Applauded for New 'Junk Food' Tax

A statement from director of Voices for Healthy Kids, Jill Birnbaum, on news that the Navajo Nation Council enacts the Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2013

Article ID: 613183

Released: 1-Feb-2014 10:00 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Voices for Healthy Kids

Newswise — “We are inspired by the leadership of the Navajo Nation Council, as they take a big step forward in the movement to make healthy food more affordable," commends Jill Birnbaum, executive director of Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"We know that making the switch from unhealthy foods to healthy food can cut calories kids don’t need. The Navajo Nation is demonstrating how communities can help make healthy foods more appealing and affordable than unhealthy ones. Research shows consumption of many types of foods are impacted by prices and we look forward to seeing how these new junk food taxes change the consumption of healthy and unhealthy foods. We congratulate the members of the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance on their efforts to ensure families are encouraged to buy healthy foods.”

Voices for Healthy Kids is working with communities across the nation to ensure that children have access to healthy food and physical activity where they live, learn and play. For more information, visit


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