childhood obesity
Schools Health & Wellbeing
A Healthier America Starts with Healthier Kids
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) fulfills a critical mission: ending the childhood obesity crisis. After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared to a generation ago. The CDC reports that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children (defined as those under 10 years of age) and quadrupled in adolescents (10 to 19 years of age) in the past 30 years. Among young children 2 to 5, rates more than doubled between the mid-1970s and 2000s before beginning a decline.  If we don’t address this epidemic now, we are sending millions of children down a perilous path towards a lifetime of chronic diseases. PHA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with the private sector to help end this crisis. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Make it Easy: Solutions for healthy diets
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe

Senior Director,

Health & Well-Being

Sodexo North America

As the American diet has gotten more convenient, it has also gotten less healthy. The fast food, prepared food and easy-to-grab snacks that make up many of our meals have contributed to an obesity crisis and to the rise of chronic illnesses like diabetes.

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Health & Wellbeing Community Engagement
How Sodexo is Making it Easier for Kids to Eat Healthy
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

We know how important it is for kids to eat healthy. Parents and educators strive to ensure children have access to healthy options at home and at school — but what about in their communities?

Sodexo has partnered with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make sure we have healthy choices in all the food service facilities we oversee, including community venues where families spend their leisure time, such as aquariums, museums and zoos. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Sodexo’s Commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America: Making Progress
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) was established in 2010 to tackle the childhood obesity crisis by transforming the marketplace and our communities. PHA works with the private sector to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families. The group ensures that commitments made are commitments kept, by working with unbiased third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress its partners are making. In choosing partners, PHA works with companies that want to make meaningful commitments, and that have the breadth and depth to positively impact the quality of life of both children and their families on a daily basis.

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Health & Wellbeing
Empowering Students is Key to Ending Obesity Epidemic
Ted Monk
Ted Monk

There is a tremendous amount of discussion around the childhood obesity epidemic and its impact on immediate and long term health and wellbeing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In fact, as of 2012 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

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Community Engagement
Empowering Youth to Lead the Way
Alexis Glick
Alexis Glick

In the coming weeks we’ll see a new generation of youth graduate and move into higher education classrooms and the workforce.  At this nostalgic and celebratory time of year, how are we helping to ensure we’re building a healthy, high-achieving generation of youth to follow?  At GENYOUth, we view youth themselves as the solution to the current challenges of health and wellness in schools and communities – a role kids have always played in American life.

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Health & Wellbeing
Fit to Celebrate: Five Years Strong
Larry Soler
Larry Soler

Last night, during the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) annual Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., we hosted a benefit to celebrate PHA’s five-year anniversary. It was an opportunity to come together with our partners and supporters to celebrate meaningful commitments to solving the childhood obesity crisis. Together, we have made great strides toward our common goal.

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