More great news for SB1245, the
Arizona-Grown Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Bill!

We're thrilled to announce the fruit and vegetable incentive bill (SB1245) has continued to overcome hurdles over the past month! The bill passed through the Senate Appropriations and Rules committees with flying colors, and has passed through the House Health and Appropriations committees too. The bill will now be heard at the House Rules Committee. A huge thank you to all who are making this advancement for Arizona farmers and families possible.

We're one step closer to making this vision for Arizona farmers and families a reality! Here's how you can stay updated and get involved: 
How Food Stamps Are Keeping Small Farms In Business  

We're excited that  Double Up Food Bucks and other Arizona food justice efforts were featured in a recent Talk Poverty article. The article is an incredible (and incredibly important) dive into Double Up Food Bucks, food security, and local agriculture in our state and across the country.

Help us grow on Arizona Gives Day!

Here at Pinnacle Prevention, we work every day to grow healthy families and communities across Arizona. You can help us grow with a donation for AZ Gives Day next Tuesday, April 3!

Congratulations, Adrienne! 

Congratulations to our incredible Executive Director, Adrienne Udarbe, for being named a finalist for the Organization for Nonprofit Executives (ONE) Nonprofit Director of the Year Awards!  
Farmers and Suicide: Advocating for those who sustain our communities 

There is an epidemic spreading across the fields and ranches in our country - American farmers are taking their own lives in record numbers, and there is a glaring lack of support for these important members of our communities. Check out this blog to learn more about this pressing problem .

We all depend on farmers to ensure a stable and affordable food supply. We encourage you to urge your legislators to support HR5259, or The STRESS Act. This incredibly important bill will provide critical resources for farmers experiencing emotional, physical, and financial distress. Click here to learn more and to contact your legislators. 

Further reading: 
Poverty and Nutrition: Barriers to Nutritious Eating  

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme of "Go Further With Food" got us thinking. Though creating opportunities to encourage families to prepare, plan and avoid common pitfalls that impact our food choices is powerful, are we really "going further?" 

Health, Happiness, Dedication: Celebrating Pinnacle Prevention's Registered Dietitian Nutritionists 

March 14th was Registered Dietitian Nutritionist day, and we celebrated the incredible RDNs on our Pinnacle Prevention team! We are constantly amazed by the dedication and brilliance of these women. They work every single day to improve the health and happiness of those around them, and to build a better, brighter Arizona. 

Arizona bans extra taxes on soda, sugary drinks

Via Arizona Republic, by Dustin Gardiner

This month, Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2484 to prohibit cities, towns and counties from imposing extra taxes on soda or sugary drinks, as some liberal-leaning cities in other states have done.

Taxing sugary beverages lowers consumption, improves public health

Via Arizona Capitol Times, by Adrienne Udarbe

It should come as no surprise that the February 23 guest commentary, "Taxpayers shouldn't feel bubbly about taxing sugary beverages" by Thomas Aiello, was penned by a Washington D.C. lobbyist, not someone with expertise in public health who is watching the state Legislature preemptively push back on local control in a reactive versus proactive manner.

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