Retail, Food Service, Child Care and Health Care Leaders to Sponsor 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit

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

Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2017) — Today, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announced sponsors for the 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit. For seven years, PHA has worked with the private sector and Honorary Chairwoman and Former First Lady Michelle Obama to help busy parents and families make healthier choices easier. This year’s Summit will take place May 10-12 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel.

The PHA Summit convenes leading companies, private sector, government, academia and philanthropic leaders to discuss real solutions to ending America’s childhood obesity crisis. Novo Nordisk, the 2017 PHA Summit National Sponsor, is a global health care company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care.

“We are delighted to have the support of the following companies as additional sponsors of the event: Aquafina, Avocados From Mexico, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc., Mars Food, McLane Company, Inc., Meredith Corporation, Sodexo, Inc., The Dannon Company, The Specialized Foundation and Walmart,” said Blythe Thomas, Chief Communications Officer of PHA. “All of these great companies are showing their commitment to PHA’s work through their generous support of the Summit and we are extremely grateful for their sponsorships.”

Among other topics, the 2017 Summit will feature sessions that address:

  • The link between food access and health;
  • The role of accessible parks and recreational facilities in fostering healthy lifestyles;
  • Unique public-private partnerships working to address diabetes in urban settings;
  • Building a culture of wellness and the benefits of teaching a child to cook;
  • Barriers to physical activity for girls of color;
  • Changing the school food environment;
  • Industry solutions to reducing sugar consumption and
  • The latest science behind new, emerging pathways to health.

Leaders from the public and private sector driving these conversations include: Fannie Mae, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, Mars Inc., the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Under Armour, among many others. President Bill Clinton will deliver remarks on May 11th, and PHA’s Honorary Chair, First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a moderated conversation on May 12th. For more information, visit

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About Partnership for a Healthier America

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 and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.