Media Advisory: Partnership for a Healthier America to Convene Major Public and Private Sector Leaders to Discuss a Healthier Future for American Families – April 1-2 in Chicago, IL.

Powerhouse consumer brands, innovative market disrupters, leading public health and policy experts and thought leaders, and today’s top food and physical fitness innovators to convene at annual summit to discuss disruptions necessary to create a healthier future.

WHAT: The annual Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Summit convenes leaders from public health, academia, nonprofit and corporate America to collaborate on new opportunities and solutions to make nutritious food and safe play more accessible to American families. For the first time in its history, the conference is moving from the nation’s capital to Chicago, uniquely positioned in the city that leads the nation in packaged food and beverage sales.

With nearly a decade of data and proven practices, PHA and its partners are uniquely positioned to leverage lessons across sectors and bring solutions that are good for health and good for business. The 2019 Summit theme—Accelerating a Healthier Future—acknowledges that a healthier future is within our reach, if only we can summon the innovation and healthy market disruption necessary to transform the marketplace. Join us at PHA’s Summit for workshops, sessions and lectures designed to spark ideas, ignite conversations and accelerate healthy change.

WHEN: April 1-2, 2019

WHO: Conference speakers include:

  • Joe Arthur, Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Richard Black, PhD, Principal; Adjunct Professor, Quadrant D Consulting, LLC; Tufts U School of Nutrition Science & Policy
  • Sara Burnett, Vice President, Wellness & Food Policy, Panera Bread
  • Hank Cardello, Director of the Food Policy Center, Hudson Institute
  • Kevin Curry, Founder, FitMenCook
  • James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD, Board of Directors Chairman, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Dr. Helene Gayle, MD, President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Kate Glantz, Mid-Atlantic Head of Marketing, Lyft
  • Allison Hess, VP, Health Innovation, Geisinger
  • Adam Melonas, Founder & CEO, Chew LLC
  • Lindsay Morton, Director, Healthy Markets, Martha’s Table
  • Dr. Nooshin Razani, MD, Founder & Director, Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
  • Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
  • Marissa Thiry, RD, Nutrition Specialist, North America, Taco Bell

Additional speakers to be announced. Click here for a full list of speakers announced to-date.

WHERE: Swissôtel Hotel & Resorts 323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601-9722

FOR MEDIA REGISTRATION: Credentialed reporters interested in covering the Summit should register here by March 22, 2019.

Featured Sessions

This year’s Summit will address the imperative to accelerate the healthy innovation and market disruption necessary to make nutritious food and safe play more accessible to all American families. Plenary and breakout sessions will address:

  • Recent advances in food and physical activity designed with disposable income in mind
  • The opportunity for equitable technologies that improve health
  • The movement to ensure that those who chose to eat away from home have access to healthy options
  • Creating lasting partnerships that drive better health

Review the full agenda on the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Summit website.

About Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) PHA’s mission is to leverage the power of the private sector to bring lasting systemic changes that improve the food supply, increase healthy choices, increase physical activity and contribute to a culture of health. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with—but independent from—Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA identifies, accelerates and celebrates voluntary business practices that improve or increase choice or lead to new norms and behavior around food and physical activity. For more information about PHA, please visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

Toni Carey, Partnership for a Healthier America