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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Tim Johnson (R-IL) for the reintroduction of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act in the House and Senate.
“By providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to construct a healthy diet and lead a more active lifestyle, America’s food and beverage companies are committed to playing a leadership role to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within a generation,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “Schools are a vital component in this effort. To that end, we applaudSenator Harkin and Representatives Kind, Gerlach, Inslee and Johnson for introducing the FIT Kids Act and for their unwavering commitment to win the battle against childhood obesity.”
The FIT Kids Act would increase children’s physical activity throughout the school day and ensure that they learn how to live healthy lives through exercise and diet.
“Eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Bailey. “It’s vital that America’s school children are all afforded the opportunity to learn this critical life lesson. To help meet this important goal, we strongly encourage more members of Congress to get on board by cosponsoring the FIT Kids Act.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.