Battling Big Sugar in West Virginia

Oct 7, 2016

Several types of sugar
Credit Roman Behar / Wikimedia Commons

The sugar industry spent years denying the harm it does to the nation's health, according to investigative reports.  

This week on the Front Porch, Laurie and Rick speak with Mandy Curry, co-founder of Healthy Kids, Inc.

They discuss the sugar industry's attempt to downplay health risks associated with sugar consumption, and the effects this has had on the sugar content of the food we all eat.

Mandy also describes programs designed to better inform West Virginia students on health and nutrition using the 2014 documentary "Fed Up," and what can be done to help encourage healthier habits.

Healthy Kids, Inc.'s website is located at https://www.healthykidsinc.com/

Rick Wilson has recently written an op-ed on this subject for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, located at http://www.wvgazettemail.com/gazette-op-ed-commentaries/20161005/rick-wilson-sugar-is-the-new-tobacco-lets-tax-it-gazette

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