Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

The Sugary Drinks Wars: A Public Health Perspective

Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy Food Forum Panel Event with Dr. Paul Simon, Susan Babey, Harold Goldstein, and Kim Kessler.

​With increasing awareness of the role of sugary drinks in the obesity epidemic, public health experts, policy makers, and advocates have pursued multiple strategies to reduce their overconsumption – from soda taxes, to public health campaigns, to limits on portion sizes and more.  With the battle against overconsumption being waged everywhere from state capitol buildings to court rooms to school vending machines across the country and beyond, this panel will discuss policy gains and setbacks, the role of research in advocacy, and what the next front in the war will be. 


Moderator: Dr. Paul Simon, Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


  • Susan Babey, Senior Research Scientist, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
  • Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
  • Kim Kessler, Director of Policy and Special Programs, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy

 RSVP preferred to; walk-ins are welcome.