Online Program

Development of Support for Sugared Sweetened Beverage Tax

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Janna Simon, MPH, Illinois Public Health Institute, Chicago, IL
This session will explore the successes and challenges of the efforts in Illinois to advocate for the Healthy Eating Active Living Act, a proposal to invest in prevention with revenues from a penny per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks.  Participants will learn about the growing movement to address the health harms of sugary drinks, promising practices for engaging in sugary drink reduction initiatives, and effective messaging and communications strategies to advocate for an excise tax on sugary drinks.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the increase in awareness of the data supporting the national movement to address the health harms of sugary drinks. Discuss the challenges and opportunities in advocating for increased investment in prevention through an excise tax on sugary drinks in Illinois. Identify effective messaging and communications strategies for advocating for an excise tax on sugary drinks.

Keyword(s): Public Health Policy, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Janna Simon, MPH, is the Program Associate, Policy Advocacy and Organizing at the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI). Her work focuses primarily on policy, systems, and environmental changes for obesity prevention through coordination of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity. Janna was a Senior Policy Analyst and Schweitzer Program Associate at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group she focused on improving the healthcare system for the city and state’s most vulnerable populations.
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.