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Second Trans Fat Forum Oct. 29

Thursday October 29, 2009

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dave Langdon 574-6528 / 432-2916

October 29, 2009 Kathy Harrison 574-6549 / 817-6959

Second Board of Health Artificial Trans Fat Forum Tonight

Louisville, Ky. (October 29, 2009) The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold its second community forum on the health effects of consuming foods with artificial trans tonight.

The forum will be held tonight, Thursday October 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 400 E. Gray St. Free parking is available.

The community forum 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 forum will be asked their views on what should be done to protect Louisville citizens. This is the second of two forums. The first was held on Tuesday night.

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 this important community forum,” 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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