While Defending Proposed Ban On Super-Sized Sugary Drinks, Bloomberg Celebrates National Donut Day

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bloombergSuper-sized sugary drinks bad, donuts good.

That seems to be the message being sent by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he continues to defend his proposal to ban large, sugar laden drinks while celebrating National Donut Day today.

The mayor is expected to share a signed Proclamation Letter honoring the 75th annual National Donut Day at Madison Square Park where the largest box of Entenmann’s Donuts ever created will be unveiled.

The proposed ban puts a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts, including bottles and fountain drinks.

Today, Bloomberg was challenged about celebrating National Donut Day days after revealing his soda proposal.

“One donut is not going to hurt you, in moderation, most things are OK,” Bloomberg said Friday while appearing on The Today Show. “That’s what we’re trying to do with soft drinks, is get you to drink in moderation. So instead of getting the big 32-ounce, get two 16-ounce drinks if you want. But history shows, all the tests show, that you’ll probably only drink one.”

On Thursday, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs was also asked if City Hall is sending mixed messages.

“The celebratory events, the naming days in honor of individuals or items or frivolities that are fun and exception joy, are quite distinct from a public health agenda,” she said.

National Donut Day is held every year on June 1 and was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the “donut lassies” who served the sweet treats to soldiers in WWI and as a way to raise money for social service programs.

At today’s event in Manhattan, Entenmann’s plans to donate $25,000 to The Salvation Army.

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  1. “National Donut Day is held every year on June 1 and was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the “donut lassies” who served the sweet treats to soldiers in WWI and as a way to raise money for social service programs.”- yeah right, ANY EXCUSE

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