Today was the first full day of sessions and posters at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Our Spectrum team spread through the conference and heard some interesting things, including:
Menu Labeling and Policy
In a session on menu labeling in New York City, Portland, and Seattle, research and policies were compared. The Spectrum blog has previously written about research conducted in NYC. The session started off with a discussion about why menu labeling is important; James Krieger asked the room to guess how many calories are in a variety of fast food meals, ranging from Burger King to Pizza Hut. The Pizza Hut Cream Chicken Alfredo Pesto Pasta has a startling 3,270 calories per serving. That’s nearly double the recommended calories for adults in an entire day.
There are currently 16 jurisdictions that have passed and/ or are currently implementing menu labeling initiatives. Additionally, the health reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday evening includes a menu labeling provision, which would preempt any state and local legislation. The provision would only require calorie information to be posted, unlike some jurisdictions where fat, sodium, and other nutritional information is made available. (more…)