Health experts see soda and sugar-based drinks as a major cause of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and other health problems. This Community Forum taught about the health impacts of sugary beverages and discuss policy initiatives to reduce sugary-drink consumption. The forum will took place on April 22 at the San Luis Obispo Library, and over 60 people attended!
Featured speakers included:
-Former Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Richmond Medical Center Jeff Ritterman M.D.
-Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Lisa Nicholson PhD, RD.
-Founder of Vie Wellness Solutions and HEAL-SLO Chair Julian J. Varela, MA, MS, CSCS.
Dr. Lisa Nicholson explains the epidemiology behind sugar-sweetened beverages to the attendees.
Dr. Ritterman used a combination of humor, medical knowledge, and public policy experience to explain why a sugar-sweetened beverage tax could be the right thing for the city of San Luis Obispo.