How Food Companies Target Children, Undermine Nutrition

April 6, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

For many parents, raising healthy children can feel like an ongoing battle against the efforts of commercial marketers to sell unhealthy foods. On Monday April 10, the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University will host public health lawyer Michele Simon as she presents a lively discussion on The Politics of Childhood Obesity: How Food Companies Target Kids and Undermine Nutrition Policy.

Simon is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and director of the Center for Informed Food Choices. A public health lawyer who has been working as a nutrition advocate since 1996, Simon specializes in policy analysis and legal strategies.

She has published numerous articles about such issues as the National School Lunch Program, organic standards, the USDA's dietary guidelines, genetically engineered foods and bans on obesity lawsuits. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal St., in Room 1201.

The lecture concludes National Public Health Week, the theme of which is "Designing Healthy Communities: Raising Healthy Kids."

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000