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CrossFit founder wants investigation into soda companies

by: Justin Gray Updated:

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WASHINGTON - CrossFit was on Capitol Hill talking not about exercise, but about soda.

Greg Glassman founded CrossFit, a chain of more than 14,000 gyms. Now he’s asking for an investigation by the House Oversight Committee into how donations by big soda companies impact government funded research.

“I don't care about Coke and Pepsi at all outside of their intrusion into the health sciences, I want them out,” Glassman said.

Coca-Cola and other soda companies have donated millions of dollars to the fundraising arms of the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health.

Glassman said the money can influence the research.

“When you get it wrong and you got paid to get it wrong, now I'm going to call it what I see it, it's corrupt,” Glassman said.

But the CDC Foundation said donations do not lead to conflicts of interest.

“We work diligently with CDC to ensure projects facilitated by the CDC Foundation align with CDC’s mission and priorities, have appropriate research methodologies, maintain CDC’s research independence and do not present any conflicts of interest,” the foundation said in a statement.

And the CDC said in a statement: “Public-private partnerships allow CDC to do more, faster to save lives and protect Americans.”

This was Glassman’s third trip to Capitol Hill.

He met with senators and members of Congress from both parties.

We reached out to Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association.

The ABA said it only sponsors research that meets NIH standards.

“The research findings contribute to the body of scientific knowledge about beverages and is intended to help provide people with the information they need to make informed choices,” the ABA said in a statement.