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Soda Ban Fight Hits D.C. as Health Advocates Hold 'National Soda Summit'

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The fight over large sodas has bubbled over to the nation's Capital.

Health advocates are in D.C for a "National Soda Summit,” focusing on how to reduce the amount of sodas and sugary drinks Americans consume every year.

They say there are measures that, when put in place, could help reduce the consumption of sugary beverages and reduce the rate of obesity in the country.

Meantime on Wednesday, New York’s Court of Appeals heard testimony about Mayor Bloomberg's 2012 soda ban, which was put on hold by a judge.

The City's Health Department says it's ready to take action if the court reinstates the ban.

"We've been told by our lawyers that we should know the final outcome by July. And as a side note we are prepared to implement right away,” said Maura Kennelly of the New York City Department of Health.

If reinstated, the law would prevent restaurants, stadiums, delis and street carts from serving sodas larger than 16 ounces.

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