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169. Beverage Taxes: Do They Impact Obesogenic Behaviors?

Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
CE: 1.0

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

In this current events session, attendees will gain a thorough insight into the most recent regulatory measures implemented to curb the obesity epidemic – Sweetened Beverage Taxation and Menu Calorie Labeling. Ms. Engel Gerstein will use the example of the Sweetened Beverage Taxation as a regulatory measure designed and implemented in several national and international localities to change populations’ behaviors linked to obesity development. She will describe the proponents’ and oppositions’ perspective on this taxation, provide examples of the taxation’s implementation and evaluation, and share the future projection of this taxation. Calorie menu labeling will also be discussed as another recent regulatory measure nationally implemented to impact population-level behaviors associated with obesity development. This session will conclude with thoughts on the effect these regulations will have on RDN practice.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1080 - Legislation, public policy
  • 4040 - Disease prevention
  • 6010 - Behavior change theories, techniques

Dana Engel Gerstein, MPH, RD

Dana Engel Gerstein is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked for the University of California for almost 20 years on childhood obesity prevention efforts. She began her career as a clinical dietitian but quickly found her passion and ability to make a bigger difference in the public health arena by conducting large studies to address the obesity epidemic. The focus of her work has been on underserved, low-income populations. Ms. Engel Gerstein has also been on the Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management faculty for over a decade, presenting the topic of Environmental Influences on Pediatric Overweight.


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Lorri Holzberg, MA, RDN

Lorri has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and the California affiliate -- California Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly California Dietetic Association) -- for the past 37 years. She served as President of the CA affiliate from 2009-2011 and served 3 terms as Vice President of Public Policy for the CA affiliate. In 2014 Lorri was appointed to the Academy’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee (LPPC) serving as Chair her final year.


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