Big Sugary Drinks

As you may have heard, New York City has approved a ban on big sugary drinks.

According to USA Today, the measure could go into effect as early as March. It places a 16-ounce limit on bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts.

It applies to sugary drinks that have more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It would not affect 100% juice or beverages with more than 50% milk or milk substitute.

In New York, hundreds of soft drink makers and sellers, trade groups and community organizations banded together to fight the ban.

The New York State Restaurant Association and the theater owners’ group also spoke out against the controversial ban.

Andrew Moesel, spokesman for the restaurant association, says “Proposals like the soda ban discourage new business and hurt our reputation as the dining capital of the world,” said “Reducing obesity is an important goal, but we want to partner with government to come up with effective ways to confront the problem.

“What we don’t need is more burdensome regulation making it harder for businesses to function and skewing the competitive landscape.”

But the ban does have its supporters.

Steven Safyer, president of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, says “The Board of Health did the right thing for New York,” “For the past several years, I’ve seen the number of children and adults struggling with obesity skyrocket, putting them at early risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”

Personally, I don’t think the ban is going to make a significant impact on childhood obesity. That won’t happen until PARENTS start taking more responsibility for their children’s nutrition—and model healthy behaviors themselves.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM

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Last Ounce Of Courage

Have you heard about the new movie that shines a light on the attack on religious freedom in America? According to Plugged, actor and martial arts master Chuck Norris has put his stamp of approval on the film.

The movie is called Last Ounce of Courage, and it deals with a Vietnam War veteran’s struggle to defend religious liberties in America.

Norris says “allowing the use of my ‘Official Seal of Approval’ is the least I can do to support a project so consistent with my core values and life principles.”

In an interview with Fox News, Last Ounce of Courage star Marshall Teague says this about the film’s themes, “It’s about faith, family and freedom. … We’ve had theaters filled with people openly weeping.

“After one screening, a gentleman came up to me and told me he had served in the military, and that he had been waiting 85 years for someone to stand up there and say what I said.”

Teague goes on to say “Movies like this aren’t considered ‘fashionable,’ and people are afraid of being jumped on for taking a strong stand. … In my lifetime, I have never seen more cruelty directed toward people who speak their minds.”

To read more about the film and get a complete review, go to and click on the article for “Last Ounce of Courage.”

And if you want to send a message to the entertainment industry about films with a pro-Christian message, this would be a great weekend to go see the film. Remember, in Hollywood, box office receipts speak very loudly.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Pushover Parenting

Dear Dr. Bill,

My youngest daughter just turned 8-years-old and for the first time in my life, I heard her say she HATES me! And she not only said it to me once, but 3 times. This happened because I reminded her about her chores — she knows she has to do them, but this was her response to me. I found this very upsetting and I wonder what should I say back to her? I didn’t believe my daughter’s words — but, boy does it hurt!


Dear Diane,

As difficult as it is to hear mean words from our children, remember this important principle: if our kids always like us, we’re failing in our job as parents.

Too many parents today are so concerned with being their kids’ best buddy that they don’t set appropriate limits on their behavior. I call this “Pushover Parenting,” and it sets children up for failure and frustration later in life.

By the same token, it’s unacceptable to allow your child to tell you they “hate you.”

Explain to your daughter that when she’s frustrated or angry there are certain words that are appropriate to use and others that aren’t.

While it’s okay to say “I’m angry with you” it’s never okay to say “I hate you.” Let her know that if she says “I hate you” in the future—to you or anyone else, she will be punished.

Then follow through if it happens again, and make sure the consequence is a powerful one, like losing a favorite toy or privilege for a period of time.

You can also teach your daughter a vital spiritual principle here. Explain to her that every human being is made in God’s image and that he loves each of us deeply. When we speak in an unkind way toward another person, we are essentially harming one of God’s children.
Thanks for writing Diane. If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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