Call him what you want (some critics have pegged him a nanny and a zealot), but Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a man on a healthy mission. The former New York City Health Commissioner led successful campaigns to eliminate trans-fats from restaurant foods and post calories on restaurant menus. As CDC chief he’s tackling obesity and nutrition as one of his six public health priorities—nicknamed “winnable battles”—which also include smoking and AIDS. We talked with him about his plans.
Photo Credit: James Gathany, CDC Photographer