GMA Press Contact
Roger Lowe / Brian Kennedy
office: 202-295-3954 / 202-639-5994
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) “On behalf of GMA and its member companies I want to congratulate First Lady Michelle Obama on the first anniversary of the launch of Let’s Move!, her unprecedented, comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. The leadership and commitment from the First Lady and the Obama Administration has been and will continue to be paramount as we all work to solve this critical issue. As I said last year, there is no American better positioned to lead a national effort to combat obesity than the First Lady.
“Childhood obesity is a serious national challenge. Doing our part to help win this critical battle is a top priority for the food and beverage industry, and we are already taking significant steps to create and encourage healthier food choices. America’s food and beverage companies have a strong track record when it comes to providing consumers with the innovative products, tools and information they need to construct a healthy diet. Our industry strongly supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation and her Let’s Move! anti-childhood obesity initiative, and our companies are doing our part to promote a healthy lifestyle in the marketplace, in schools and in the workplace.
“Since 2002, GMA member companies have introduced more than 20,000 product choices with fewer calories and reduced fat, sugar and sodium. Through the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, food and beverage companies have pledged to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the food supply by 2015. And by applying nutrition criteria to our advertising policies, two thirds of the products advertised during children’s programming now feature healthier products and/or healthy lifestyle messages.
“As another example of our industry’s commitment to promoting a healthy diet, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute last month launched Nutrition Keys, a front-of-pack nutrition labeling initiative that will help consumers make informed decisions when they shop. Combined with the many innovative nutrition information programs implemented in recent years, consumers now have access to more nutrition information about their food than ever before – on products, in stores and online.
“We applaud the First Lady for making childhood obesity a top priority and look forward to continuing our work with her to address one of the nation's most significant health care problems. We all have a role to play if we are going to reduce the number of children and adults who are obese or seriously overweight.”
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.