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Press Release # 100-06
Monday, October 30, 2006

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NEW YORK CITY – October 30, 2006 –; Today, a public hearing is being held on the two proposals made to the Board of Health last month. The first proposal for comment is a partial phase-out of artificial trans fat in all New York City restaurants. The second would require restaurants that already make calorie content publicly available on or after March 1, 2007 to also post it on their menus and menu boards.

The hearing will start at 10 a.m. Monday, 30 October, at the NYC Health Department, 125 Worth Street, in the 2nd floor auditorium. Comments submitted directly to DOHMH will be available to the media within a week after the hearing. Hearing testimony will be transcribed made available within 2 – 3 weeks after the hearing. Those who have registered to speak thus far include:

  1. Richard Gottfried, NYS Assembly Member
  2. Felix Ortiz, NYS Assembly Member
  3. Peter Vallone Jr., NYC Council Member
  4. Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
  5. Dr. Elena Rios, President of the National Hispanic Medical Association
  6. Zebulon Taintor, M.D., President, New York County Medical Society
  7. Amie Hamlin, Executive Director, NY Coalition for Healthy School Lunches
  8. Stephen L. Joseph, CEO of Bans Trans & CEO of Fry
  9. Joseph Aranha, Member of the Public
  10. Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  11. Fern Gale Estrow, MS, RD, CDN
  12. E. Charles Hunt, Executive Vice President, NYS Restaurant Association
  13. Peter H. Kostmayer, President, Citizens for New York City
  14. Joel Berg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition Against Hunger
  15. Lori Tansman, Nutritional Coordinator, Mount Sinai Hospital
  16. John R. Whipple, President, National Council of Chain Restaurants
  17. Sheila Cohn Weiss, National Restaurant Association
  18. Carol Horowitz, M.D., MPH, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  19. Sharon Akabas, M.D., Associate Director, Institute of Human Nutrition Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  20. Walter Willett, M.D., Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard School
  21. Aine Duggan, Vice President, The Food Bank of New York City
  22. Dariush Mozaffarian, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
  23. Howard Weintraub, M.D., American College of Cardiology
  24. Audrey Silk, Founder, NYC C.L.A.S.H.
  25. Ina Pinkney, Chef & Owner of Ina’s in Chicago
  26. Leslie Meenan, Café Habana
  27. Mark S. Inzetta, Vice President, Assistant Counsel, Wendy’s
  28. Florence M. Rice, President, Harlem Consumer Education Counsel
  29. Janet Oberndorfer, Certified Business Home Economist
  30. Jim Lesczynski, Member of the Public
  31. Joshua Rosenthal, Founder & Director, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  32. Anna Lappe, Author and Public Speaker
  33. Christopher Sell, Founder, ChipShop Corp.
  34. Geysil Arroyo, Project Coordinator, Institute for Urban Family Health
  35. Diane Hes, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, NY Methodist Hospital
  36. Alvin Strelnick, MD, Montefiore Medical Hospital & Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  37. Andrew D. Racine, M.D., Ph.D., NY Chapters Two and Three of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  38. Annemarie Colbin, Ph. D., Author of Food and Healing and Founder of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts
  39. Rick Berman, Executive Director, The Center For Consumer Freedom
  40. Stephen Hanson, President, BRGuest
  41. Chris Giarraputo, Corporate Excutive Chef, BRGuest
  42. Moqbul Hossain, President, Test of Tandoor Corporation
  43. Maria Martins-Lopes, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, GHI
  44. Sal Fichera, Exercise Physiologist, Forza Fitness
  45. Paul Kligfield, MD, President of the New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
  46. Kate Mackenzie, Director, Food and Nutrition, FoodChange
  47. Ruth Kava, Ph.D., Director of Nutrition, American Council on Science & Health
  48. Elizabeth Whelan, Ph. D., President, American Council on Science & Health
  49. Melissa Rodin-Ramirez, Building Manager
  50. Theodore Strange, M.D., Staten Island University Hospital
  51. Fay Cesarano, Director of Nutrition, and Catherine Abate, President & CEO, Community Health Care Network
  52. Earl E. Ellis, Chairman, Whole Harvest Products
  53. Trishann Williams, Community Board Five Member
  54. Russell Coco, Member of the Public
  55. Marcy Benstock, Member of the Public
  56. Cesar Vasquez, President of the 23rd Precinct of Community Council
  57. Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., Nutritionist & Author of the Portion Teller, Adjunct Faculty at New York University
  58. Luisa Sanchez, Citizen’s Committee for Children
  59. Cathy Nonas, MS, RD, CDE, Director, Diabetes & Obesity Programs at North General Hospital
  60. Ellen J. Fried, J.D., M.A., Chair, New York City Nutrition Education Network
  61. Frank Capaci, Owner of Worlds Best Weight Loss Center
  62. Jennifer Araujo, Educational Coordinator, Washington Heights Inwood Coalition
  63. Amy J. Schwartz, MPA, Executive Director, Public Health Association of New York City
  64. Lori Mosca, M.D., Director of Preventive Cardiology, NY Presbyterian Hospital
  65. Wanda McCoy, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Morris Heights Health Center
  66. Sandy Solomon, CEO, President, Director of R & D, Sweet Street Desserts, Inc.
  67. Anthony Marzuillo
  68. Jerome Tolbert, M.D., Greater NYC and National Volunteer, American Diabetes Association
  69. Afroz Haseez, President of the American Medical Student Association at Brooklyn College
  70. Blaine Becker, Director of Communications & Marketing, The Hartman Group

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