Register now for the 2nd
National Soda Summit!


June 4-5, 2014
The National Press Club, Washington, DC


Click here for the agenda!

At this highly informative, interactive conference you will:

  • Learn about the latest initiatives to lower the consumption of sugar drinks
  • Learn about the progress that’s been made since the 2012 soda summit
  • Connect with other advocates, from around the country, who are working on lowering sugar-drink consumption
  • Leave with information you can use to begin changing policies and marketing practices in your community

The conference will bring together national and international experts, public health professionals and local, state and national policymakers to explore a comprehensive set of topics, including:

  • The latest science on sugar drinks and health
  • Lessons learned from past and current soda tax battles
  • Other policies that help limit the consumption of sugar drinks including government procurement standards, warning labels and capping portion sizes

In multiple interactive working groups, you will have the opportunity to dig deeper into specific issue areas such as:

  • Strategies for beginners and more advanced advocates to lower sugar-drink consumption in your community
  • How to determine the right messages on sugar drinks for your community
  • Educational strategies to reduce sugar-drink consumption
  • Sugar-drink initiatives for local and state health departments
  • How to build a powerful coalition to reduce sugar-drink consumption in your community
  • Working with legislators on sugar-drink policy and regulation
    • National Soda Summit 2014 Agenda

      Wednesday, June 4

      7:50: Registration and Continental Breakfast

      8:50: Welcome and Logistics

      • Jim O'Hara, Center for Science in the Public Interest

      9:00: Introduction

      • Michael Jacobson, Center for Science in the Public Interest

      9:15: Keynote

      • Jim Krieger, Public Health, Seattle and King County

      9:45: Panel

      Why “Pick On” Soda? The latest science on how sugar drinks are bad for health. A large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that sugar drinks are harmful to our health. Leading experts will present the most recent research and data—consumption trends, a practitioner’s perspective, the epidemiology, and the clinical research—and discuss the links between sugar drinks and chronic disease and obesity.

      • Claire Wang, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
      • Goutham Rao, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
      • Frank Hu, Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Medical School
      • Kimber Stanhope, University of California, Davis

      11:00: Break

      11:15: Panel

      Lessons Learned about Soda Taxes. Taxes on sugar drinks could provide needed resources for obesity and chronic disease prevention and treatment programs, while also reducing consumption. Advocates from the front lines will report their experiences and insights: how the battle was won in Mexico, what the national landscape looks like, and current campaigns in Illinois and San Francisco.

      • Alejandro Calvillo, El Poder del Consumidor A.C.
      • Carter Headrick, American Heart Association
      • Elissa Bassler, Illinois Public Health Institute
      • Maureen Erwin, Erwin and Muir Consulting

      1:00: Lunch

      Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Sugar Drinks. A widely published epidemiologist presents his ground-breaking research on the harm associated with soda consumption and other sugar drinks.

      • Dariush Mozaffarian, Harvard School of Public Health

      2:00: Panel

      Current Initiatives to Reduce Consumption. Advocates have many strategies and policy options available to reduce the consumption of and change social norms on sugar drinks—similar to how tobacco control was tackled. Experts will explore the progress made through procurement policies, the status and potential for warning labels and portion-size caps, and the possibility of using another page from the tobacco playbook— minimum pricing schemes and elimination of discounting.

      • Jim Krieger, Public Health, Seattle and King County
      • Laurie Whitsel, American Heart Association
      • Harold Goldstein, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
      • Maura Kennelly, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
      • Jennifer Pomeranz, Temple University

      3:15: Panel

      The Bigger Picture Youth Poets. Youth speak the truth to their communities—and to the industry. The Bigger Picture, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and the University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations, uses poetry, film, and other art forms to combat the rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes. These young talents are helping downsize the social and environmental factors that increase the risk of diabetes.

      • Sarah Fine, University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations
      • Gabriel Cortez, The Bigger Picture

      3:30: Break

      3:45: Work Group Sessions

      How to Build a Powerful Coalition to Reduce Sugar Drink Consumption in Your Community

      • Elissa Bassler, Illinois Public Health Institute


      SSB Messaging—Determining the Right Messages for Your Community

      • Lori Dorfman & Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group


      ChangeLab Solutions' SSB Playbook for Beginners

      • Ian McLaughlin & Christine Fry, ChangeLab Solutions


      How to Work with Legislators and Decision-Makers to Introduce and Pass Measures to Decrease SSB Consumption, including ballot measures

      • Harold Goldstein, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
      • Xavier Morales, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

      How to Engage Youth

      • Sarah Fine, University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations
      • Gabriel Cortez, The Bigger Picture
      • Peter Mitchell, SalterMitchell

      5:00: Featured Speaker

      • Shavon Arline-Bradley, NAACP. Who's Welcome At Your Table: Addressing Equity in Practice in the 21st Century. Effective and ethical strategies when engaging communities of color in grass root health initiatives. Reception to follow.

      Thursday, June 5

      8:00: Continental Breakfast

      9:00: Videos

      • The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro, U.S. Representative (CT)
      • Greeting from the Producers of Fed Up

      9:15: Work Group Sessions

      ChangeLab Solution's SSB Playbook for Intermediate/Advanced SSB critics

      • Ian McLaughlin & Christine Fry, ChangeLab Solutions

      The Health Risks of Energy Drinks

      • Laura MacCleery, Center for Science in the Public Interest
      • Stacy Fisher, University of Maryland School of Medicine
      • Roberta Friedman, Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

      Successful Local/State Health Department Initiatives

      • Anne McHugh, Boston Public Health Commission

      SSB Messaging—Determining the Right Messages for Your Community

      • Lori Dorfman & Fernando Quintero, Berkeley Media Studies Group

      10:45: Panel

      Current Initiatives to Reduce Consumption. More strategies and policy options to change social norms and reduce sugar drink consumption. Experts will discuss industry marketing and how advocates can counter-market and change retail environments; how hospitals are fulfilling their health-care mission by turning to healthy beverages; and how to implement a community-wide strategy to reduce sugar drink consumption.

      • Marlene Schwartz, Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
      • Margo Wootan, Center for Science in the Public Interest
      • John Stoddard, Health Care Without Harm
      • Glenn Schneider, The Horizon Foundation

      12:00: Plenary Call to Action

      • Michael Jacobson, Center for Science in the Public Interest

      12:30: Adjourn

      Click here to register now!


      Conference Schedule:
      June 4th
      Continental breakfast served starting at 7:45 AM
      Lunch and refreshments will be served
      Summit ends at 5:30 PM followed immediately by a cocktail reception

      June 5th
      Continental breakfast served starting at 8:00 AM
      Summit ends at 1PM
      A bag lunch will be distributed

      Room blocks are being held for the National Soda Summit at The Hamilton Crowne Plaza at special conference rates until May 2, 2014:

      The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Washington, DC
      14th and K Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20005
      202.682.0111
      http://www.hamiltonhoteldc.com Group Code: SS2

      Walking Directions to the National Press Club
      Walk south 0.4 miles on 14th St. NW toward F St. NW
      Enter National Press Building lobby at the corner of 14th and F Streets NW
      Take the elevators to the National Press Club on the 13th floor

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