University of Vermont

Food Systems Initiative

Upcoming Webinar

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: The health, economic, and policy debate in Vermont

Can one penny per ounce put a dent in the obesity epidemic?

Monday, February 25, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, R.D.
Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Medicine

Jane Kolodinsky, Ph.D., MBA
Chair, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics

Tina Zuk
Government Relations Director, Vermont American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Soda on grocery store shelf

What's the issue?
• Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption has more than doubled over the last 30 years, with the average American now drinking 45 gallons annually.
• SSBs account for at least one-fifth of the weight gained between 1977 and 2007 in the U.S. population.
• A UVM survey of SSB purchasers shows they'll likely purchase less and could lose weight if an SSB tax were implemented in Vermont.

How to participate:
Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Alison Nihart at 802-656-3831 by February 19, 2013, so we may assist you.

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate Live!) is the browser-based platform that UVM uses for web conferencing. If this is your first time using Blackboard Collaborate, please test your system to verify that it will work on your computer/laptop. This should be done at least 24 hours prior to the webinar session. If you need help, please contact Blackboard Collaborate 24-hour support at 877-382-2293.

On the day of the webinar, join the session 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.


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