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GMA Statement Regarding Recommendations from President's Childhood Obesity Task Force

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Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy

office: 202-295-3954 / 202-639-5994

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement by President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey regarding the release of an action plan from the interagency Task Force on Childhood Obesity, commissioned by President Obama:

“America’s food and beverage companies are committed to a genuine partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama in her efforts to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within a generation. We agree that everyone has a role to play, including industry. We embrace our responsibility.

“We have improved the nutritional profile of more than 10,000 of our products to reduce sugar, fats, calories and sodium. We promise to continually improve. In the near future, many of our member companies, through their work with the Health Weight Commitment Foundation, will be announcing additional and measurable goals to reduce childhood obesity by providing even more healthy choices.

“And we’re not just making our foods healthier. More nutritional education is an essential key to healthy living. We’ve made a commitment to share more information about foods than ever before. We want consumers to feel confident in the choices they make to help their families build and maintain healthy lifestyles.

“Government also has an important role to play, and GMA supports legislative efforts to strengthen the Child Nutrition Act, including new strong, science-based nutritional standards for foods sold in schools. And just last week, we stood with Rep. Ron Kind to applaud his Healthy CHOICES Act which would adopt a multi-pronged approach to tackling obesity.

“Ending childhood obesity within a generation is a goal every American should embrace, and America’s food and beverage industry is proud to do its part.”