NYC Health Commissioner to Address Soda Summit

At Landmark Conference, Health Officials, Nutrition Authorities to Ratchet Up Efforts to Reduce Soda Consumption

June 6, 2012

Dr. Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will discuss Mayor Michael A. Bloomberg’s proposal to limit soda serving sizes to 16 ounces on Thursday at the first-ever National Soda Summit. Farley will join keynote speaker Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, a yet-to-be named former Coca-Cola executive, and featured speaker U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro at the gathering of public health officials, educators, and nutrition experts at the two-day conference.

The plenary sessions, keynote addresses, and luncheon speech at the invitation-only summit are open to the press but smaller working groups are closed to the press. Please see the agenda for times of the sessions and names of conference speakers and panelists and for credentialing please contact Clare Politano or Jeff Cronin.

What: National Soda Summit

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 7
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 8

Hyatt Regency Hotel
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Why: Health experts see soda and sugar-based drinks as a major cause of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and other problems. Even the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans discourages consumption of sugary drinks, which CSPI calls "liquid candy."

The conference is organized by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest with support from the American Heart Association, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, The California Endowment, and The Kresge Foundation.


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