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Upcoming Webinars Tackle Marketing, Child Care Environments and Sugary Drinks


Things are getting into full swing in the new year, as several of our friends in the field are hosting upcoming free webinars focused on hot-button issues in the childhood obesity movement.

ChangeLab Solutions is slated to present a webinar on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new report on food and beverage marketing at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Released in late December, the report updates a similar study published in 2008. It examines the practices of the food and beverage industry when it comes to marketing to children and teens and describes progress (or lack thereof) since 2008.

The FTC’s Michelle Rusk is scheduled to speak on the 30-minute webinar, alongside moderator Margo Wootan from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and Manel Kappagoda from the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity, which is a project of ChangeLab Solutions. Click here to register.

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is scheduled to host a webinar at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 24 looking at how to use the new Nutrition and Wellness Handbook to create healthier child care environments. Produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services, the handbook is designed to help child care providers implement wellness recommendations such as healthy nutrition and opportunities for physical activity.

Scheduled speakers include FRAC’s Jim Weill, as well as Cindy Long, Andrea Farmer and Erika Pijai from the USDA. The webinar is expected to last for an hour and is part of a series studying the provisions of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Click here to register.

Later that day, CSPI will host a webinar studying the future policy implications of the failed effort to institute taxes on sugary drinks in the California cities of Richmond and El Monte. Ballot proposals to tax sugary drinks such as soda were on the ballot for both cities in the last election. Neither passed, due in part to a strong opposition effort lead by the beverage industry.

Speakers expected on the webinar moderator George Hacker, who works on health promotion policy at CSPI; Harold Goldstein, the executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy; and Jamie Morgan, senior government relations director at the American Heart Association. The 45-minute webinar is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. EST. Click here to register.