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PHA Announces Summit Sponsors

Retail, Foodservice, Childcare and Healthcare Leaders to Sponsor Partnership for a Healthier America’s Building a Healthier Future Summit

Companies join experts from government, industry and academia to address the childhood obesity epidemic

Washington, D.C. — The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, today announced new sponsors for the 2015 Building a Healthier Future Summit, taking place February 25 to 27 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Leading companies from across sectors join PHA at the Summit, which brings together private sector, government, academia and philanthropic leaders to discuss real solutions to ending America’s childhood obesity crisis. Sponsors include:

  • Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, which serves more than 37 million Americans through its affiliated health plans and nearly 69 million individuals through its subsidiaries, including Medicaid beneficiaries in 19 states. Anthem is sponsoring the Summit’s mobile application.
  • BOKS, a free before or during school physical activity program designed to get elementary school children moving and their brains ready for a day of learning. BOKS is a PHA partner and also a physical activity break sponsor.
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality child care, early education and other services designed to help employers and families better address the challenges of work and life. Bright Horizons was PHA’s first childcare partner and is providing onsite childcare for children ages 2 through 12 for attendees at this year’s Summit.
  • Brita®, whose water filtration products transform water from any tap into cleaner, clearer water. Brita supports PHA’s Drink Up initiative and its efforts to encourage America to drink more water. Brita will provide hydration stations at the Summit, enabling attendees to refill any bottle with great-tasting water.
  • Dannon, the leading producer of yogurt, is sponsoring lunch in the Expo. Also a PHA partner, Dannon joined PHA in 2014 by committing to improve the nutrient density and reduce sugar and fat in its yogurt products. Dannon also is investing in education and research focused on healthy eating habits.
  • Sodexo, a PHA partner and physical activity break sponsor, is the global leader in delivering integrated facilities management and foodservice operations that improve performance and enhance quality of life. The company serves more than 15 million consumers daily at 9,000 client sites in North America. Its PHA commitment includes its business, health care, education, cultural destinations, government and vending sectors.
  • Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has been working to provide millions of American families with convenient access to a wide range of healthy, affordable food, as well as making a difference on big issues, such as preserving the environment, fighting hunger and empowering women. Walmart is a general Summit sponsor.

The 2015 Summit features breakout sessions focused on topics that include corporate innovation for food and health and wellness, marketing to younger consumers, sustainability and the future of food, and the path forward to health equity, among many others. Leaders from corporations and organizations including Campbell Soup Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Hampton Creek, Luvo, Mars Food North America, PepsiCo, Self magazine, Share Our Strength and Walmart Foundation will speak at the event. PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama will keynote. For more information, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit.

Media interested in covering the event should register for credentials by visiting www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit/press. For more information please contact news@ahealthieramerica.org.

About PHA: The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.