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Columbia’s Month on Science of Nutrition Lecture

On April 28, Dr. ThomasFarley, CEO of the non-profit organization Public Good Projects and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will deliver a talk on “Transforming Health in America: Policies, Communications, and Social Change.” The lecture culminates a series of symposia, lectures, and activities at the Mailman School in April focused on reducing obesity.

Public Good Projects concentrates on transforming health in America through its signature campaign, A Healthy America. Co-founded with the Institute of Medicine, the campaign is rigorously based on science and brings Dr. Farley together with experts in media and marketing from the country’s leading consumer companies. They will develop partnerships with academia, government, corporations, foundations, philanthropists, and healthcare leaders seeking to change the direction of health in the U. S.

As New York City Commissioner of Health in the Bloomberg Administration, the City made parks and beaches smoke-free and raised the legal age of sales of tobacco from 18 to 21. Mayor Bloomberg and Dr. Farley also addressed the public health crisis of obesity by proposing to limit large sized sugary drinks sold in restaurants.