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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to ban large, sugary soft drinks, in order to curb obesity, facilitate nutrition and rid the city of large doses of empty calories. In advance of the Mayor's soda ban hearings, Dr. Louis Aronne, Carol Parker-Duncanson and David Just met at a journalist-only luncheon to discuss issues in the proposed ban.
Carol Parker-Duncanson - Nutrition and Health Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension-NYC. She implements large-scale community based nutrition programs in the city, and nutrition education training programs. She teaches menu planning, food budgeting, feeding children, developing healthy recipes and making healthy choices.
Louis Aronne, M.D. - Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he directs the Comprehensive Weight Control Program, a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary obesity research and treatment program. Aronne is the former president of the Obesity Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He wrote the best-selling book, "The Skinny on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry" and edited the National Institutes of Health's "Practical Guide to the Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults."
David Just - Associate Professor at Cornell's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, is co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. His work on behavioral economics and the school lunch program shows how low-cost solutions can lead school children to make healthier choices without reducing availability of choices. He is the co-author (with Cornell's Brian Wansink) on a journal article, "The Fixed Price Paradox: Conflicting Effects of 'All-You-Can-Eat' Pricing," in the Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011.