WASHINGTON —McLane Co., McDonald’s and PepsiCo Inc. will sponsor the Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual gathering. The organization will host its Accelerating a Healthier Future Summit April 1-2 in Chicago.
Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) teams up with private companies to increase access to healthier food options and active lifestyles. CSP will serve as a media sponsor for the summit, where experts from the private sector, government, academia and nonprofits will share solutions for helping children lead healthier lives and speeding up healthy innovation.
Three years ago, McLane became the first supply-chain distributor to partner with PHA. The Temple, Texas-based company is a finalist for this year’s Partner of the Year Award at the summit, along with NACS.
Chicago-based McDonald’s has partnered with PHA since 2013, working toward providing more fruits and vegetables and removing soda from its U.S. Happy Meal menu board.
PepsiCo has also committed to health-focused initiatives, such as reducing calories and sugars from two-thirds of its global beverages portfolio by 2025.
The event’s premier sponsor is Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company. Other sponsors include Mindbody Inc., The a2 Milk Co., Amazon Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Giant Food, Harold Levinson Associates, Honest Tea, John Hancock, KPMG United States, National Confectioners Association, Peerfit Inc. and Sprout Organic Foods.
The 2019 summit features sessions on recent advances in food and physical activity designed with disposable income in mind; the opportunity for equitable technologies that improve health; the movement to ensure that those who choose to eat away from home have access to healthy options; and creating lasting partnerships that drive better health.
Conference speakers will include foodservice industry experts such as Sara Burnett, Panera Bread’s vice president of wellness and food policy, and Marissa Thiry, Taco Bell’s nutrition specialist for North America. Review the full agenda on Partnership for a Healthier America’s summit website.
PHA’s mission is to leverage the power of the private sector to bring lasting systemic changes that improve the food supply, increase healthy choices, increase physical activity and contribute to a culture of health. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with—but independent from—former first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move effort.