WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2016 – Today, at the Partnership for America’s (PHA) fifth annual Building a Healthier Future Summit, Westin Hotels, MARS Food U.S, Outdoor Industry Association with the Outdoor Foundation, Blue Goji, and Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. all announced commitments to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for families in the United States.
PHA works with its honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama and the private sector to create solutions to end the childhood obesity crisis. As a demonstration of PHA’s reach and scale, in addition to the organizations above, today six college campuses joined PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, the FNV campaign announced 11 new partners and several new commitments were made to improve healthier options at convenience stores.
“The magnitude of companies standing on stage to partner with us today is an indication that companies are, now more than ever, eager and excited about bringing Americans the healthier options they are looking for,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “PHA is proud to see new partners with ambitious commitments, proud of its current partners who have made great progress and proud of the immense impact we have collectively made to support a healthier America.”
Westin, which is owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, is committed to implementing nutrition guidelines for their “Eat Well Menu for Kids” children menu, available at all of their 200+ locations worldwide. Guidelines include limitations around the amount of calories, fat, sodium and added sugars and must include foods like lean protein, whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy, vegetables and fruit. Beverages that contain artificial colors or sweeteners are also not featured on these menus. Developed in collaboration with the doctors, dentists, dietitians and chefs at SuperChefs™, the Eat Well Menu for Kids provides a sense of discovery while imparting the value of healthy eating on their youngest guests.