Public health advocates visit LLU, hold forum on nutrition labels for chain restaurant menus
Menu-labeling expert Margo Wootan, DSc, director of nutrition policy for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, gives the keynote address during the July 31 forum, held at Loma Linda University’s Drayson Center. The event discussed the pros of nutrition labeling on menus and menu boards at chain restaurants, which would be required under California Senate Bill 120. This bill passed in the state Senate and is now in the Assembly. It would affect about 350 companies. Dr. Wootan pointed out that Americans are eating out at restaurants much more than they used to, and eating out is linked to obesity.
Stefan Harvey, assistant director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, also speaks about Senate Bill 120. The forum was hosted by LLU and sponsored by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, the American Heart Association-Western States Affiliate, the California Optometric Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Southern California Public Health Association. Visit to take a four-question quiz about your ability to discern the fat, caloric, and salt contents of foods at chains. Nearly 68 percent of surveyed Californians could not answer a single question correctly.