12:10am Thursday 19 October 2017

Event Examines Role of Institutions in Shaping Healthy Food and Beverage Choices

Berkeley, California, became the first city in the nation to establish a soda tax. UW Hospitals and Clinics removed sugar-sweetened beverages at its multiple locations last fall.

What should corporations, cities and organizations be doing to advance health?

And CVS/pharmacy, the nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain, said “cigarettes have no place in an environment where health care is being delivered” as it announced it would stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products last September.

But what should corporations, cities and organizations be doing to advance health? This question is up for discussion at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) at noon on Friday, April 24, Room 1345 in the Health Sciences Learning Center.

The panel discussion, titled “Nudging or Nannying: The Role of Institutions in Shaping Health Food and Beverage Choices,” will explore why institutions are creating policies to encourage people to make better nutritional choices.

“This panel is an opportunity for our health sciences community and the general public to talk about the responsibility of institutions to help frame healthy lifestyle choices for the people they serve and their employees.” said Cherie Wolter, panel moderator and a 2015 Master of Public Health candidate at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

“There are many behavioral and economic strategies to consider, and we are hosting this panel so that people can listen, learn and take part in this discussion.”

Time will be reserved for audience participation.

Panelists in the one-hour discussion include:

    Robert N. Golden, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, who will share his vision of how health care institutions can be leaders in promoting prevention and healthy lifestyles to improve population health outcomes
    Patrick Remington, associate dean of public health at the School of Medicine and Public Health, who will offer his expertise in public health communication and advocacy to assess the consequences of institutional policies that nudge or push behavioral change
    Paul Kelleher, an assistant professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the School of Medicine and Public Health, who will explore the ethical aspects of institutional initiatives aimed at shaping individual behaviors
    Amy Mihm, a registered dietician at UW Hospital and Clinics, who will discuss her experiences as a leader on the UW Healthy Hospital and Clinics Committee in developing and implementing changes in the food and beverage environments of the hospitals and clinics

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


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