City and state health officials, advocacy groups to map strategy on warning labels, taxes, & other public policies

Public health officials from Boston, California, New York City and other state and local jurisdictions from across the country are coming to Washington for the second National Soda Summit, beginning Wednesday. The summit comes on the heels of the California State Senate passing legislation to place warning labels on soda and other sugary drinks, and as lawyers for New York City appeal a lower court's injunction against the city's cap on restaurants' soda serving sizes at 16 ounces. Reducing obesity, diabetes, and other soda-related diseases is the focus of the summit where leading researchers, physicians, nutritionists, foundation executives, and health groups will spend two days sharing information and strategies on how to effect policy change at the local, state and national levels.

Space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. Please see the agenda for times of the sessions and names of speakers.


  • What: National Soda Summit: Winning Strategies to Reduce Soda-Related Diseases
  • When: 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 4; 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 5
  • Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045
  • Why: Soda and sugar drinks as a major cause of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and other problems.
  • Hashtag: #SodaSummit14
  • RSVP: Contact Ariana Stone at 202-777-8355.


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