136. Philly Spotlight: Beverage Tax Successes and Challenges

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: 114- Lecture Hall
CE: 1.0
Level 1- Basic
Activity Code: 150444

Philadelphia is one of the few cities nationwide that has implemented the Beverage Tax, specifically designed to reduce consumption of sweetened beverages. In this interview with Dr. Christine Roberto, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, we will discuss the advantages and challenges of this policy implementation and the impact it has on Philadelphians. Dr. Roberto is also the lead author on an article published in JAMA detailing the efficacy of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. We will discuss the social implications of this policy and the nutritional impact on the communities the tax is meant to help improve. Participants will have ample opportunity to elicit discussion with our speaker during the Q&A portion of the session.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize how beverage taxes are implemented in a large urban environment.
  • Determine the stakeholders impacted with a city-wide beverage tax.
  • Describe the advantages and challenges with taxation on specific beverages.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 3020 Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 4080 Government-funded Food & Nutrition Programs
  • 9020 Evaluation and application of research

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and their influence on population health status.
  • 12.1.2 Leads or participates in the development of food, nutrition and health policies.
  • 12.3.1 Designs programs and/or interventions based on assessment and evidence-based literature.


  • Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

    Clinical Oncology Dietitian

    Cancer Treatment Centers of America

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Christina Roberto, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy