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National Soda Summit to Convene Next Week (June 7-8)

Conference Will Focus on Strategies to Reduce Soda Consumption

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A former Coca-Cola executive will tell the truth about Big Soda’s marketing strategies at the first-ever National Soda Summit—a conference aimed at improving public health by reducing consumption of soda and other sugar-based drinks. U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will deliver keynote addresses at the summit, which will bring together some of the country’s most prominent nutrition authorities, educators, and public health officials.

The plenary sessions, keynote addresses, and luncheon speech at the invitation-only summit are open to the press but smaller working groups are closed to the press. Since space is limited advance registration is recommended. Please see the agenda for times of the sessions and names of conference speakers and panelists.

What: National Soda Summit

When:
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 7
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 8

Where:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001 

Why: Health experts see soda and sugar-based drinks as a major cause of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and other problems. Even the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans discourages consumption of sugary drinks, which CSPI call "liquid candy."

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

For press credentialing or to arrange interviews with any of the conference participants please contact Clare Politano or Jeff Cronin.

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Contact Jeff Cronin (jcronin[at]cspinet.org) or Ariana Stone (astone[at]cspinet.org).