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Statement by Lisa Gable, President, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation on the Publication of RWJF Evaluation of the Calorie Commitment in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Today, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has confirmed that the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) companies have removed 6.4 trillion calories from the marketplace, exceeding their May 2010 pledge to First Lady Michelle Obama to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2015.
All of the member companies worked diligently to reduce calories in the marketplace by either introducing new lower calorie products, single-serve packages and/or changing the recipes of existing products. The largest calorie cuts came from sweets and snacks; cereals, granolas and other grain products; fats, oils and dressings; and beverages.
From the Washington Business Journal
By: Chloe Johnson
Lisa Gable has bounced between public and private enterprises from Washington to Silicon Valle, even serving as the U.S. commissioner general to the 2005 World Expo in Japan. In 2009, she landed at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a coalition of the food industry’s biggest heavyweights (think: Hershey Co., The Coca Cola Co. PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg Co., Kraft Foods and General Mills) that works to reduce obesity. The foundation grew from 21 founding members to more than 200 in two years. And she's committed to the cuase — unless there’s Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food lying around...
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Boy Scouts of America Join Forces to Encourage Kids to Lead Healthier, More Active Lifestyles
Washington D.C. - The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) and the Boy Scouts of America® (BSA) today announced an alliance that will focus on bringing awareness to the issue of childhood obesity. Together, HWCF and the BSA will work to promote solutions that help children achieve a healthy lifestyle through an energy-balanced approach.
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth development organizations, launched a healthy living initiative, SCOUTStrong®, in 2011. The program encourages children to be active 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks.
Every day, Americans take in an average of 100 calories more per day than they need. If we reduce that number, we can halt the rise of obesity by 2020.
In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015.