Online Program

Eliminating Sugar Sweetened Beverages: Policy, Research, Partnerships and Media

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are major contributors to poor diet and rising obesity rates. Today, Americans are consuming about 300 more calories a day with almost half of these extra calories coming from SSBs. Consumption of SSBs in children and adolescents has been increasing, with sugary drinks being the largest source of added sugars in the diet of our youth. This session will explore the importance of understanding factors that influence SSB purchasing behavior, and discuss strategies for pursuing healthy beverage policies as a means to create healthier food environments including lessons learned from the successful soda tax campaign in Berkeley, California.
Session Objectives: Identify and describe the consumers most likely to purchase SSBs at fast food restaurants. Describe how policy, research, and partnerships contributed to the removal of sugary drink scoreboards in Maine schools. Describe the importance of healthy beverage policies in creating healthier food environments. Discuss strategies for developing effective messages in communities pursuing large-scale policies that target sugary drinks.
Vishwarupa Vasani, MPH, CHES and Noel Chavez, PhD, RD

Understanding sugar-sweetened beverage purchases at fast food restaurants   
Glen Taksler, PhD, Kamila Kiszko, MPH, Courtney Abrams, MA and Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH
Berkeley's soda tax: What can we learn from the news coverage?   
Pamela Mejia, MPH, MS, Laura Nixon, MPH, Lori Dorfman, DrPH and Alisha Somji

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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