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Kick the Can Sugary Drink Tax Forum

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An opportunity to hear from experts, ask questions and decide where you stand!


October 10, 2013


Location: Sheridan Opera House

Moderator: David Holbrooke, Festival Director of Mountainfilm in Telluride


Special Guests: Harold Goldstein and Jeff Ritterman


Harold Goldstein, DrPH is the Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), which he founded in 1999.  CCPHA is a nationally recognized leader in advocating for public policies to address the social, economic, and community conditions that perpetuate the obesity epidemic. 


CCPHA has lead statewide campaigns resulting in enactment of state laws getting soda and junk food out of schools, getting first-ever funding for school physical education, establishing the nation’s first state menu labeling law, and defining access to water as a basic human right. Dr. Goldstein has a Bachelors degree in physiology from UC Berkeley and both Masters and Doctorate degrees in public health from UCLA.


Jeffrey Ritterman, MD, retired as chief of cardiology at Kaiser Richmond in 2010, where he had worked since 1981. He is on the steering committee of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, on the board of the Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board, which advises the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, and on the advisory board of the Center for Health in North Richmond.


For the past 25 years, Dr. Ritterman has worked to put a human face on tragedies across the globe. He was a cofounder of The Committee for Health Rights in Central America, The Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund, and the Southern Africa Medical Aid Fund. He has personally delivered medical supplies to Salvadoran refugees living in camps in Honduras and Costa Rica during the war in El Salvador in the 1980s. He has also delivered medical supplies to the African National Congress's clinic in Lusak, Zambia, prior to the end of Apartheid. And after returning from a Peace Delegation to Amman, Jordan, in 2005, Dr. Ritterman prepared a presentation titled "Medical and Human Rights Consequences of the War in Iraq."


From 2008 until 2012, Dr. Ritterman served on the City Council of Richmond, CA. As a councilman, Dr. Ritterman has introduced legislation to turn health research into municipal policy. Due to his efforts, Richmond’s tobacco prevention ordinances are now models for the state. The Soda Tax campaign was initiated and led by Dr. Ritterman as a policy response to the worsening childhood obesity epidemic in Richmond. Dr. Ritterman is also actively working to educate the public on the adverse health impacts of climate change as well as our industrial food system.  

Moderator, David Holbrooke is a filmmaker with a long history with both Mountainfilm (first coming in 1999 and rarely missing a festival) and the Telluride area. Hard As Nails, Holbrooke’s most recent film, was a Mountainfilm 2007 award winner.


Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me and Time for a New God. He also directed A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called "Original Thinkers." Other recent projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra and co-producing The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Before he became a filmmaker, Holbrooke spent a year in the dotcom world. Before that, he worked extensively in television news, producing long-form pieces for "The Today Show," CBS News and CNN. David has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, three kids and their crazy dog, Lola.