Modeling Health: How Health Systems Can Take Action to Reduce Sugary Drinks

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Date: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugars in our diets and contribute to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity. They are also a health equity issue. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are targeted by the sugary drink industry and disproportionately experience nutrition-related chronic diseases. These inequities are even more pressing in the era of COVID-19, as we see the virus taking a disproportionate toll on populations with a high burden of chronic disease. As employers, healthcare providers, and community leaders, hospitals and health systems play an important role in addressing sugary drink consumption through policy, systems and environmental changes.

Join the Public Health Law Center and American Cancer Society for the first of a four-part webinar series on creating healthier food and beverage environments in hospitals and healthcare settings. The presenters will discuss the connections between COVID-19 and diet-related chronic diseases, and the unique role that health systems play in supporting healthy eating through policy and environmental change.

This webinar has already occurred. Please use the resources below:

Webinar Slide Deck
Healthy Healthcare Toolkit
Report on the 50th Anniversary of the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health: Honoring the Past, Taking Actions for our Future
Federal Nutrition Research Advisory Group

ACS Hospital Sugary Drink Policy Interviews: Final Report
ACS Dayton's Children's Hospital Case Study
ACS Greenville Helath System Case Study
ACS Park Nicollet Case Study
ACS University of Wisconsin Health Case Study

 

Presenters:
Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dean and Jean Mayer Professor at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Julie Ralston Aoki, J.D., Director, Healthy Eating & Active Living Programs, Public Health Law Center

Moderator:
Kristen Sullivan, M.P.H., M.S., Director, Nutrition & Physical Activity, American Cancer Society