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Board of Health to Hold Two Community Forums on Artificial Trans Fat

Wednesday October 14, 2009

The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold two community forums on the health effects of consuming foods with artificial trans fat and will seek input on what should be done to protect Louisville citizens.

The forums will be held on Tuesday October 27 and on Thursday October 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 400 E. Gray St. each night. Free parking is available.

The community forums will include presentations on the health consequences of consuming foods with artificial trans fat and on what other cities have done to protect their citizens. People attending the forums will be asked their views on what should be done to protect Louisville citizens.

In January 2008, the Louisville Metro Council passed Resolution 277, directing the Department of Public Health and Wellness to study the health consequences of consuming foods with artificial trans fat, to educate the public on the subject and to make recommendations for appropriate regulations, if any.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, elimination or near-elimination of artificial trans fat from food could prevent 72,000 to 228,000 heart attacks in America annually. This translates to approximately 170 to 550 heart attacks in Louisville every year. The consumption of artificial trans fats has also been linked to stroke and diabetes.

“We urge the public to attend one of these important community forums,” said Public Health and Wellness Director, Dr. Adewale Troutman. “Cities across America have moved to protect their citizens from artificial trans fat. We want to educate Louisville citizens about artificial trans fat and to seek their input on what we should do about them in our community.”

For more information, visit www.transfatfreelouisville.com/ or phone 574-6525.

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