I’m on a panel for the NYAS’s conference on Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare: Opportunities for Self-Reflection and Action, June 24-25. Location: 7 World Trade Center. 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor. Information and registration are here. My panel is on the 25th at 10:45 a.m. , Session VI: Hot topic discussion: getting to the truth in nutrition science. Other panelists are Mona Calvo fro Penn State, Mehmood Khan from Life Biosciences, and Linda Van Horn from Northwestern. Moderator is Julia Belluz from Vox.
Calorie labeling to go national!
The impossibly impenetrable health care bill that just passed the House has one little piece of good news buried in it: national calorie labeling.
The provision covers chains with 20 outlets throughout the country and is supposed to go into effect in a year or so. It also covers vending machines! These are great steps. Calorie labeling has two effects. It educates anyone who is interested to look and think about it. And it encourages chain restaurants to offer lower calorie options. See note below giving the index to this section.
Cheers to Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has lobbied for years to get this into law.
Note: Thanks to Ellen Fried for sending me this link to an Index to the menu labeling provision.