WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) for introducing the Fit for LIFE Act of 2011, wide-ranging legislation aimed at combating childhood obesity.
“The food and beverage industry supports this comprehensive, commonsense approach to help young Americans – especially those in underserved communities – build healthy diets and lead active lifestyles,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “The Fit for LIFE Act targets the root causes of obesity. It will help children establish healthy behaviors at a young age.”
Rep. Fudge first introduced the Fit for LIFE Act in September 2010. The 2011 version adds language that would provide at-risk children with access to nutritious foods on weekends and during school holidays.
“Obesity is a serious problem and its toll on individuals and the cost of our healthcare system is staggering. GMA and its members share the First Lady's goal of solving obesity within a generation and are committed to doing our part by providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to construct a healthy diet and live active lives.”
“GMA looks forward to working with Rep. Fudge and co-sponsors Reps. Donna Christensen (D-VI), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Donald Payne (D-NJ) to enact responsible public policy solutions that will effectively address this challenging issue.”
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.
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