State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah is taking anti-obesity and anti-smoking messages on the road this week in a multi-county National Public Health Week tour.
Shah will be at the food court of the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston at 10:30 this morning to talk about the ``I Choose 600'' campaign, which encourages consumers to check the calorie counts of fast-food meals and choose the ones that don't exceed 600 calories.
Calorie posting at fast food restaurants is currently required in Albany, Schenectady, Ulster and Suffolk counties and New York City. It will be required nationwide in the summer of 2012 as part of federal health reform.
Shah will join local officials at the Rosendale Community Center at noon today to highlight efforts by municipalities to restrict the use of tobacco products in public outdoor spaces. Rosendale is one of 23 Ulster County communities that have adopted or plan to adopt local laws restricting smoking in select public areas.
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