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Soda Tax and Food Addiction on Thursday's Access Utah

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An Interview with Alexis Conason

NPR reports that “The World Health Organization has called on nations around the globe toenact taxes on sugary beverages. AndBloomberg Philanthropies says raising taxes on sugary beverages can be part of the strategy to ‘reduce consumer demand for unhealthy foods and beverages, improve the food environment, and make healthier choices easier for everyone.’”

A growing number of nations and U.S. cities are enacting soda taxes. What should the government’s role be in encouraging good health behaviors? Is a soda tax a good idea?

We’ll talk about this with Dr. Ed Redd, R-N. Logan; Kristen Daly from Healthy Boulder Kids; and Alexis Conason, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in practice in New York City and a researcher at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.