274673 Capping Sugary Beverage Sizes in New York City

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:25 PM - 3:40 PM

Andrew Goodman, MD, MPH , Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene, Queens, NY
In June 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene proposed changes to the NYC Health Code to establish maximum sizes for beverages offered and sold in food service establishments. The proposal generated considerable controversy about the role of government in regulating beverage sizes, the potential impact of the proposed measure on obesity and health, and possible adverse economic consequences for restaurants and beverage delivery companies. This presentation will describe activities among proponents of the proposal to: 1) articulate the rationale, feasibility and benefits of the proposal, 2) counter arguments of the beverage industry and others who opposed the proposal, 3) garner public support and 4) encourage the members of the Board of Health to support the proposal.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least three activities to obtain public support for a controversial public health regulation.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this capacity, I oversee the Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, Maternal Infant and Reproductive Health, the Office of School Health and the District Public Health Offices.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.