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PHA Notes McDonalds’ Steps Towards Improving Menu, Nutrition

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2011) – Lawrence A. Soler, CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) – an organization focused on solving the nation’s childhood obesity crisis – today issued the following statement on McDonald’s announcement that they will begin to offer improved nutrition choices:

“We know that in order to solve the childhood obesity crisis, we need the private sector to come forward and make changes. With 27 million people every day visiting a McDonald’s, their announcement today is an important step forward. While this is by no means the rifle shot that will end childhood obesity, every step towards making the healthy choice the easy choice is helpful, and I hope that this commitment is the beginning of more to come.”

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.