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Santa Clara County Health Advisory Commission to Host Forum Discussion on Hi-Sugar Beverage Consumption and Alternatives, Impact on Obesity

The Santa Clara County Health Advisory Commission will host a forum to discuss and gather information about beverage consumption research, policies and practices, alternate solutions to hi-sugar content beverages, and making better beverage choices.
Bonnie Broderick, Santa Clara Public Health Department
Melissa Burke, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Maya Rams Murthy, First 5 Santa Clara County
Christine Fry, Changelab Solutions
TODAY - Wednesday, October 17, 2012
6:30 p.m.
County of Santa Clara
Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose
Sweetened beverages are the largest single source of added sugar in the American diet, according to the American Heart Association.
California has some of the nation’s fastest growing rates of obesity in children and adolescents. Nearly one in four school-age children in Santa Clara County’s public schools were obese or overweight in 2008, according to a 2007-2008 California Healthy Kids Survey. Obese children frequently grow up to be obese adults, putting them at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.
The purpose of the Health Advisory Commission is to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors regarding issues which impact the health of the public. In this advisory capacity, the commission will use information to assess needs and identify priorities to make recommendations. Recommendations may include policy changes, concern service enhancement, system changes, resource allocation and infrastructure to deliver, monitor and evaluate County action.
Media Contact:  Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs,(408) 299-5119     
Elinor Stetson, Chairperson, Santa Clara County Health Advisory Commission, (408) 823-3243
Ken Horowitz, M.D., Vice Chair, Santa Clara County Health Advisory Commission, (650) 464-8959
Posted: October 17, 2012