Mark your calendar for February 22, March 22, and April 26! The Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, the GW Food Institute, and the GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility, is hosting a cross-disciplinary seminar series on the topic of sugar and sweeteners which will take place on three dates throughout the Spring 2018 semester. All seminar sessions will be free and open to the public.
The topics of the seminars are meant to bring together opposing perspectives, as well as present key controversies and debate amongst experts in the field. Reducing sugar intake is essential to maintaining adequate health, leading the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to recommend limiting added sugar to <10% of daily energy intake. However, reducing sugar on a population level has seen a variety of controversies, setbacks and unintended consequences, some of which will be discussed throughout this series. The purpose of this seminar series is to provide a neutral forum for discussing and critically evaluating approaches to lowering added sugar intake, in a manner that facilitates representation of a range of diverse stakeholder perspectives. The presentations and discussions will be summarized in a comprehensive manuscript, which will be published in a scientific journal following the seminar series. This will call attention to the key considerations surrounding this urgent public health issue of reducing sugar consumption in the United States. See below for more details on the seminars’ dates and topics.
Seminar 1: Are proposed policies for reducing sugar intake on a population level truly viable?
Thursday, February 22, 3:30-6 PM
Seminar 2: Why is reducing sugar intake so difficult?
Thursday, March 22, 3:30-6 PM
Seminar 3: Are sugar alternatives or other novel ingredients viable options for reducing sugar intake at the population level?
Thursday, April 26, 3:30-6 PM