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Sugary Drinks and Added Sugars Intake in Kids: New Data on Intake, Health Risks and Strategies for Reducing Harms
1 out of 3 kids eat and drink 1.5 times more added sugars than what’s recommended, adding calories and taking the place of healthy foods. Too much added sugars in the diet can contribute to weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Our March seminar will discuss sugar sweetened beverage and added sugars intake in adults and children, highlighting current research on intake and discussing strategies for reduction in these populations.

Mar 30, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Janelle Gunn, MPH, RD
Associate Director, Policy, Partnerships, and Communication in DNPAO @Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Janelle leads the Policy and Partnerships and Strategic Communications teams for DNPAO. The policy and partnership team interfaces with the HHS, other federal agencies, and external partners to advance our work and support programs. The strategic communication team manages our website, social media, and other external messaging as well as communication training for recipients and audience research. Janelle is also a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Sohyun Park, PhD
Lead Epidemiologist, Epidemiology and Surveillance Team, Obesity Prevention in DNPAO @Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Sohyun Park joined DNPAO in 2009 and has contributed a wealth of expertise and experiences in the areas of added sugars, sugar-sweetened beverages, drinking water, and obesity. Dr. Park has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 4 reports, 2 book chapters, and 126 abstracts.
Frances Fleming-Milici, PhD
Director of Marketing Initiatives @Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health, University of Connecticut
Dr. Frances Fleming’s work focuses on analyzing the amount, type, and nutrition of foods and beverages marketed to children, adolescents, and parents of young children. She also determines the effects of exposure to food marketing and examines race/ethnicity differences in rates of exposure and the impact of targeted marketing practices. Her research informs policy change and parent-targeted interventions.
Ann Potempa, MPH
Chronic Disease Communications Team Lead @Alaska Department of Public Health, State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Alaska
Ann Potempa has focused her career on health communication and education for more than 20 years. She started and continues to manage the state’s 10-year-old Play Every Day social marketing campaign. The campaign reaches Alaska parents of young children to promote increased opportunities for daily physical activity and decreased consumption of added sugar. In 2022, Ms. Potempa led the development of the state's new Fresh Start campaign that connects Alaskans with free programs for better health. In the campaign’s first months, it met and exceeded evaluation goals to increase program enrollment. In addition, Ms. Potempa provides public health social marketing and health communication consultation to agencies and partners nationally and internationally.