SOURCE: California Center for Public Health Advocacy

December 05, 2006 15:47 ET

Leading Health Advocate Offers California Perspective on New York's Move to Strike Trans Fats, Address Calorie Labeling

DAVIS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 --


WHO:      Dr. Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center
          for Public Health Advocacy, a leader in the passage of landmark
          health legislation addressing childhood obesity, and school
          health, nutrition and physical activity.

WHAT:     Dr. Goldstein is available to offer a California perspective on
          today's announcement that New York City will phase out trans fats
          in restaurants and move toward standardized menu board displays
          of calorie counts. Following are comments by Dr. Goldstein:

          -  "Just as California's landmark policies banning the sale of
             soda and junk food on school campuses spread across the
             country, we expect NY's landmark decision today will set a new
             national standard."

          -  "These are examples of common sense public policies that will
             help curb the rising obesity epidemic."

          -  "Americans will be able to make healthier food choices when
             they have access to healthier food and accurate information
             about the food that is being sold."

WHY:      National obesity rates have more than doubled over the past three
          decades, with 32 percent of U.S. adults listed as obese in
          2002-2004, according to the National Health and Nutrition
          Examination Survey. Americans consume one-third of their calories
          outside the home and routinely underestimate the number of
          calories in restaurant food.

CONTACT:  Dr. Goldstein is available by cell phone: (530) 400-9106

          For additional information on the California Center for Public
          Health Advocacy, including studies on similar health issues,
          visit their site at www.publichealthadvocacy.org

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Dr. Harold Goldstein
    cell phone: (530) 400-9106