Rethink your Drink: The Impact of Sugar Loaded Beverages on the Obesity Epidemic & Clinical and Environmental Strategies to Reduce Consumption

Posted on: March 15, 2012

The Illinois Public Health Institute, in collaboration with American Heart Association, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, ICAAP, and many other partners, hosted a symposium exploring clinical approaches to reducing sugar loaded beverage consumption and changes in policy and environmental change that could reduce consumption.

The symposium took place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 11:30am – 5:00pm at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Holly Benjamin, MD, FAAP, FACSM, ICAAP Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness Co-Chair, and liaison to the Committee on Obesity, spoke on Adolescents & Sports Drinks. Other topics included an overview of the impact of sugar-loaded beverages on obesity, their relationship to pediatric obesity, and their impact on cardiovascular health.  A number of case-studies regarding environmental changes were presented, along with a discussion of changes to policies and consumer behaviors.

Click here for a flyer for the event, including the complete speaker schedule and detailed information about the continuing education units that are available.

For more information email Terri.Johnson@iphionline.org or call (312) 850-4744.