Rethink Your Drink Symposium: The Impact of Sugar-Loaded Beverages on Obesity

Rethink Your Drink: The Impact of Sugar-Loaded Beverages on the Obesity Epidemic & Clinical and Environmental Strategies to Reduce Consumption

Originally presented on April 25, 2012

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Solid scientific evidence indicates increased consumption of sugar-loaded beverages is a major contributor to weight gain, obesity, and other chronic diseases.  This webinar begins with presentations about the scientific evidence and explores clinical approaches to reducing consumption. The second section shares information about policy and environmental changes. Successful national efforts to transform food and beverage environments in hospitals and other strategies of community engagement, public education and taxation are discussed.

The total running time for the webinar is 2 hours, 54 minutes. There are eight different video segments that can be viewed independently. The running times of each video are listed below so that you can plan accordingly.



After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the impact of sugar-loaded beverages on obesity, cardiovascular health and chronic diseases with their patients and parents/caregivers of their patients.
2. Incorporate effective strategies and practical tools addressing obesity into visits for other acute/chronic problems or periodic health maintenance visits dealing with reduction of sugar-loaded beverage consumption.
3. Share effective strategies for hospital environmental change with their colleagues.
4. Work within hospital and other community settings.

You are able to view the webinar segments from this website by clicking the segment links below.  If you wish to view the webinar for continuing education credits, including CMEs, please click here for information on how to access the webinar.


Faculty Presentations:

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Consumption: Evidence for the Effects on Obesity 

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Professor, Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
Director, New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital Boston

Click Here to View Video (total running time 21:14)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Sugar-Loaded Beverages & Childhood Obesity

Goutham Rao, MD
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Family Medicine
University of Chicago

Click Here to View Video (total running time 26:40)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Adolescents, Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks: A Bad Mix?

Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FACSM, FAAP
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Surgery, Section of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of Chicago

Click Here to View Video (total running time 30:55)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Sugar-Loaded Beverages and the Impact on Cardiovascular Health

Christina M. Shay, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Click Here to View Video (total running time 29:12)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Healthier Beverages in Healthcare: Boston and Beyond

Stacia Clinton, RD, LDN
Healthy Food in Health Care Associate
Health Care Without Harm

Click Here to View Video (total running time 17:05)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Our Mandate for Responsible Food Behaviors: HFCS, Sugar Added Beverages and Portion Distortion

William Barum
Senior Director of Hospitality
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Click Here to View Video (total running time 14:36)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Lessons Learned: Successes and Challenges in Implementing a System wide SSB Reduction Initiative

James Corbett, MDiv, JD
System Vice President of Mission
Steward Health Care System, LLC

Click Here to View Video (total running time 14:47)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Impacts of Policy and Environment on Consumer Health Behaviors

Lisa M. Powell, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Health Research and Policy
Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Click Here to View Video (total running time 19:32)

Presentation Slides in PDF


Q&A Sessions

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Click Here to View Q&A Session 2


This symposium was jointly sponsored by the Illinois Public Health Institute and American Health Association, with support from the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Nurses Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, American Medical Association and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity.

Funding for the symposium was made possible, in part, through Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CPPW is a partnership between the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago.



Continuing medical education credits (CMEs) will be provided for physicians, physician assistants and nurses completing the course on the AHA website through the Professional Education Center.

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Accreditation Statements

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Heart Association and the Illinois Public Health Institute. The American Heart Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Heart Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Continuing Education Accreditation – Nurses

The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 4.75 contact hours.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the American Heart Association or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

Termination Date

April 25, 2015

Certification Terms

ACCME/AMA (Physicians): April 26, 2012 – April 25, 2015

ANCC (Nurses): April 26, 2012 – April 25, 2015