The Obamas Don’t Diet and Neither Should You “It’s a Lifestyle”

My heart is full at this very moment. It’s not often that positive messages about healthy living get out there. It’s RARE that the word “DIET” is out there in a negative or neutral context. But that’s exactly what happens in this video with Sam Kass, White House Chef when he said “we don’t diet – it’s a lifestyle”. THANK YOU! It is so important for the public to hear dieting in a negative context.

People equate healthy living to dieting. That is not the case. Changing your behaviors to eat more nutritious may feel like “dieting” because it is so new, but when you eat healthy, nourishing foods your body will naturally lose weight if you need to. People also equate “not dieting” to eating without any boundaries, inhibitions, or structure. Also not the case. Intuitive eating guides you to balance out what your body needs (nourishment) and wants (cravings and appetite)

Dieting is deprivation and a complete waste of time. If you need motivation for swapping a diet-mind for a self-care mind focused on your own health (not size) check out the “me” movement. However, we have a long way to go… check out some of the post comments in the Yahoo blog. People ripped apart the use of dried fruit. Hello, FOOD POLICE. Thankfully others in the comments sorted it out. It is so clear that most of us are still very diet-minded. It’s another reason we have to ditch diets!

Yahoo video: A favorite Michelle Obama snack: Exclusive access into White House kitchen

Fruit, Nut and Oatmeal Bars

originally posted at Yahoo.

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil, plus extra for brushing pan
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame
½ cup honey
½ cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 ½ cups mixed dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, papaya, pineapple and cranberries (at least 3 kinds, cut into small pieces if large)
1 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
2 tablespoons of butter

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, letting a few inches hangs over side of pan. Brush with oil
2. Spread oats and seeds on another baking pan and toast in oven just until golden and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes, shaking pan once.
3. In a saucepan, combine oil, butter, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup and salt. Stir over medium heat until smooth and hot. In a mixing bowl, toss together toasted oats and seeds, dried fruit and cardamom. Pour hot sugar mixture over and stir until well combined.
4. While mixture is warm, transfer to prepared pan, pressing into pan evenly with an offset spatula.
5. Bake until brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and let cool completely. Using the overhanging foil or paper, lift out of pan and place on a work surface Cut into bars, about 1 ½ inches by 3 inches.

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

Is it possible to eat what you want without gaining weight? Many people, especially those who are chronic dieters are afraid this is not possible. Breaking away from the rigid set of dieting rules feels scary, and dieters are comfortable with the “restrictive” state diets teach. How can we learn to reshape our relationship with food, and respect our hunger?

Michelle May, MD is the  author of “Eat what you love, love what you eat: How to break your eat-repent-repeat cycle.” Her website Am I Hungry? describes many of her eating philosophies. In her own words:

“Most diets are restrictive and unsustainable, leaving the dieter feeling guilty and disappointed. My goal is to help people recognize and cope with their triggers for overeating, rediscover joy in physical activity, and effectively nourish their body, mind, heart and spirit.

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After reading her article on the blog “Dieting and You” entitled Paint-by-Numbers or a Masterpiece, I decided to reach out to her for an interview. Michelle was kind enough to take the time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions. Eloquently and kindly she spoke about how we can turn our relationship with food around and answer the question “What are you hungry for?”

Q: You don’t advocate “Dieting,” So tell us, Why don’t diets work?

A: They do work-temporarily. But they fail to address the root cause, and for many people, result in feelings of deprivation. This causes them to crave food more, and feel more out of control when they are around food. Restriction drives overeating. People think they don’t have enough willpower. Restriction also leads to obsession which is bad. Our body is wise, but people are skeptical because we are so diet-focused as a society. we think that we need to diet chronically to maintain are weight. But, we are all born with the instinctive ability to eat what our body needs. Instinctive eaters eat what they love, when they’re hungry, stop when they’re full and don’t worry about food in the between times.

Q: It can be very difficult and scary for chronic dieters to look at this approach to eating. They believe being intuitive is impossible and they will never know when they are really hungry and full. How do we separate cravings/hunger for love etc. from real biological hunger

A: This is a deceptively simple step. Ask yourself the question “Am I hungry?” Before you eat. Before starting to eat, focus on what’s going on inside. Do a Mind-body scan for the physical sign/symptoms (such as a drop in blood sugar) and also notice emotions/feelings. If your not sure you’re hungry, you’re probably not. If you decide to eat even if you are not physically hungry, notice this, and try to gain insight on why you want to eat. This question, “Am I hungry” must not become a rule to abide to, instead look at it as a way to pause, and reflect, being more mindful of your eating habits.

Q: So if we learn to appreciate and respect our hunger we can end yo-yo dieting and the eat-repent-repeat cycle?

A: Instead of a yo-yo I like to think of this as a Pendulum between excess and restriction.  Find the flexible arc in the middle of the pendulum where you still have freedom. We need to get away from this hopeless pursuit of trying to be perfect. Accept where you are. Everyone overeats, undereats, over exercises, underexerises sometimes. Its just important that we find a Balance.

Q: How can we move away from the “perfect” “skinny” mindset and learn to appreciate ourselves and our bodies, our health?
A: For too long now, we’ve tried to measure things by physical attributes-health is just a trophy that everyone seeks.
We need a balance of body, mind, health and spirit.  Health is  more than a number on a scale. Numbers like BMI, blood pressure, are easy to get obsessed with, and we need to take a step back and look at the whole picture of health.

Q: How can we fit fitness into this pictures without it becoming obsessive?

A: Often we look at exercise as punishment for eating or we need to exercise to earn the right to eat, which creates a very negative relationship with exercise. It turns into a penance for eating a “bad” food, and often you feel guilty if it is missed. This becomes an obsessive behavior which strips all of the joy from exercise. I think we need to not discuss exercise at the same time as weight loss. Exercise is good for everyone! Not just for those people that need to lose weight. It is also important to pay attention to the positive aspects of exercise, and find something you love doing.

Q: How do we create an atmosphere where food is not viewed as an enemy but can be savored and enjoyed without going overboard?

A: We need to put food back into perspective. When you are eating, EAT. Eat with abandon and joy, not to pay penance or seek to be virtuous. When you are not eating, let it go. Don’t think about it. Enjoy what you are doing at the time. Approach life fully engaged in the present moment. Mindfulness is not only a form of eating, but also a life skill.

Thank you Michelle for your wonderful insight and tips! Check out her website Am I hungry?, read her new book “Eat what you love, love what you eat” and follow her on twitter @eatwhatyoulove

Healthy Living Summit 2010

This weekend marks the start of the Healthy Living Summit (#HLS on Twitter), taking place in Chicago this year. For those not familiar, HLS is a gathering of healthy lifestyle bloggers who come to share their knowledge on their respective topics.

Rebecca will be one of the amazing speakers, focusing on nutrition for casual exercisers and athletes in her presentation with fellow RD Heather “Fueling for Fitness: : Perform Well and Recover Quickly from Your Workouts – Body”. They will cover new sports nutrition products, super new research on metabolic efficiency training, as well as disordered eating and eating disorders (especially how we can avoid contributing to them!). Just some of the topics you won’t want to miss!

This year’s keynote speaker is  Christine Palumbo RD who will be presenting “Eating Well for Feeling Fabulous”  where she will talk about the latest health trends and their impact on the food industry as well as health policies like Let’s Move. Another great speaker is Anne P from fANNEtasticfood.com who will cover everything you want to know about the blogging community in a panel discussion. There are many more great presentations whose topics include ethical cooking, healthy entertaining, and more. If you want to find out more about HLS and the schedule, check out the website.

USDA and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Want Healthier School Lunches

By: Carlene Helble-Elite Nutrition Intern

Even if you can’t remember the last time you ate in a school cafeteria or what you had, you’ve probably heard a heaping portion about what’s going on with the Child Nutrition Act.  USDA Under Secretary Concannon and Congresswoman Chellie Pingee met recently to discuss what needs to change.

The Child Nutrition Act is comprised of the national School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs which works to provide around 32 million children with a meal each day. Schools enrolled in the programs must meet certain nutritional requirements, such as meeting 1/3 of the RDIs for certain nutrients while staying under less than 30% of calories from fat, for the meals served in order to be reimbursed by the state and federal governments. But when a french-fry is considered a vegetable, how much nutrition are our kids really getting? While it is of the utmost importance to give children calories whose families may not be able to afford other meals during the day, are we not setting them up for some major nutrition related health battles later in life? USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon says “The time is now to pass a bill that will strengthen our child nutrition programs, make them more accessible, and improve the quality of our school meals so that they meet the highest nutrition standards.”

The goal of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill will aim to fight hunger, but also obesity while improving the nutrition of children. And while many school systems agree that what they serve is nutritionally lacking, each school lunch line has to be run like a business. The school systems are self-supporting, and to make money, they are forced to serve things that will sell, and those ‘things’ like pizza with a roll and fries, are the problem. As much as the schools want to buy local produce or healthier whole grain options, money is an issue. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign will set its sights on improving the Child Nutrition Act to help change funding legislation. Within this coming year, the USDA and Congress will work to make this happen. The Food pyramid will be updated, and more grocery and healthy food retailers will be brought to underserved areas. In the passage of the reauthorization legislation, as well as the $1 billion annual increase that the Obama administration requested, this can be a reality.

Concannon outlined USDA’s priorities for the Child Nutrition Act which include:

Improve nutrition standards

Increase access to meal programs.

Increase education about healthy eating

Establish standards for competitive foods sold in schools.

Serve more healthy food.

Increase physical activity.

Train people who prepare school meals.

Provide schools with better equipment

Enhance food safety.

Strengthen the link between local farmers and school cafeterias.

Now we’re talking. Let’s Move! And make these changes  a reality in our schools!

Nutritious School Lunch Solutions Connect Kids to Their Plates

Childhood obesity has been a hot button topic years in the making. From the First Lady’s interest in the issue, to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show, America is well aware of how school lunches and nutrition are affecting our youth.

A new documentary series, ‘Food Forward’, which focuses on the ever-changing food system and its effect on different populations, recently visited Pacific Elementary School  near San Jose, California to film their school lunch production. Every day, the fifth and sixth grade students make 100 meals from scratch with the help of staff. That’s right, the kids are involved in the cooking! (What a novel idea… home ec, anyone?)

The program started when Stephanie Raugust, the current manager of Food Lab, wanted to change the way students were eating. With her hands on approach, students use math to change recipe scale, learn portioning for serving, and focus on nutrition when composing a meal.  Raugust and her students make dishes such as oat scones and chicken with tzatziki lemon sauce, impressive by any standards. While Food Lab is currently only a small-scale operation, many hope to find a way to help expand this learning experience to larger school systems.

While Food Lab may seem like the perfect solution to our chronic chicken nugget and French fries school lunch menu, feasibility defines the problem: How to make a nutritious lunch program flourish on a large scale with low cost. Other small programs focusing on wholesome foods have sprung up across the country, including Edible Schoolyard with chef Alice Waters. It is apparent that there is a need and a want for such programs, and we can only hope a nation wide plan comes to exist in the near future.

To view the Food Forward trailer, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_GUu__h_PU

Let’s Move Keeps on Movin’ to Reverse Childhood Obesity

In a live press conference First Lady Michelle Obama discussed an exciting announcement in regards to the ‘Let’s Move‘ campaign and the ‘Partnership for a Healthier America’ who have begun to seek out a solution to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, comprised of sixteen food product companies, have ‘pledged to cut 1 trillion calories from the food they sell’ as well as change products to reduce calories, fat, sugar, sodium and portion size.

The four main pillars of the Let’s Move program are to make schools healthier, increase the amount of physical activity children get at school and at home, give parents the information to make healthy decisions, and increase access to food for all families.

It seems one major component the plan lacks, is nutrition education for the children. You can teach a parent, a school, or a food company how to help backtrack the obesity epidemic but shouldn’t the ‘victims’ be targeted for education too? If children are given a choice in the foods they eat, and explained to why things are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ rather than just that they are simply labeled, they will have the necessary information to make informed decisions.  Throughout much of life, people are told what to do and how to do it but without an explanation. Why do something? How will it benefit you and make you healthier? With this information it seems one would have the motivation to follow through with health suggestions.

Additionally, there is the myth, constantly perpetuated, that a healthy lifestyle is time consuming. In the address, the First Lady said the following:

“Now, we all know how important it is to eat less sugar and fat and more fruits and  vegetables and whole grains. But we also know that sometimes it’s just easier to grab  something quick and easy at the market.”

The comment that it’s easier to grab something from the market is only partially true. The many misconceptions about time and health are tossed about. Eating healthy is not time consuming and if it isn’t instantaneous in terms of preparation, you are saving time, money, and effort in the long run by providing yourself and your family with a healthy diet and solid nutrition to keep illness at bay. While microwaving a frozen meal is easy, it’s equally easy to toss lettuce into a dish and sprinkle with leftover chicken from last night. If cooking is truly evasive, opt for the multitude of salad bars found in most grocery stores and pick nutritious options like a bed of lettuce with chopped fruits and a balsamic dressing.

Cost is another issue. How do we make healthy food more affordable? How can we drive down the cost of highly nutritious healthy food so it can compete with less healthy foods and foods with little nutrition for the calories? Dr. Oz recently showed on TV how several healthy foods were under $1 per serving (quinoa, Greek yogurt, sugar snap peas, and fruit). One of his “wellness warriors” blogged about it too.

This recent announcement, that certain food companies have pledged to cut calories, sugar, and sodium is long overdue, but only a small step.  The pledge will cut the one trillion calories from food products by 2012 and 1.5 trillion calories by the year 2015. Creating healthier processed foods is a good move as inevitably, people will opt for them. But a true solution would be to have people move away from processed foods towards fresh produce.

A Look Inside Let’s Move: Michelle Obama’s Campaign to Reverse Childhood Obesity

The Let’s Move campaign will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources.  Let’s Move will engage every sector impacting the health of children to achieve the national goal, and will provide schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.

To support Let’s Move and facilitate and coordinate partnerships with States, communities, and the non-profit and for-profit private sectors, the nation’s leading children’s health foundations have come together to create a new independent foundation – the Partnership for a Healthier America – which will accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and facilitate new commitments towards the national goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation.

Almost a year ago, Mrs. Obama began a national conversation about the health of America’s children when she broke ground on the White House Kitchen Garden with students from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, DC.  Through the garden, she began a discussion with kids about proper nutrition and the role food plays in living a healthy life.  That discussion grew into the Let’s Move campaign announced today.

President Barack Obama kicked off the launch by signing a Presidential Memorandum creating the first ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity which will include the DPC, Office of the First Lady, Interior, USDA, HHS, Education, NEC and other agencies.  Within 90 days, the Task Force will conduct a review of every single program and policy relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan that maximizes federal resources and sets concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal.

While the review is underway, Administration and public and private efforts are already moving to combat obesity and reach the First Lady’s national goal:   

Helping Parents Make Healthy Family Choices

Parents play a key role in making healthy choices for their children and teaching their children to make healthy choices for themselves.  But in today’s busy world, this isn’t always easy.  So Let’s Move will offer parents the tools, support and information they need to make healthier choices for their families.  The Administration, along with partners in the private sector and medical community, will:

Empower Consumers:By the end of this year, the Food and Drug Administration will begin working with retailers and manufacturers to adopt new nutritionally sound and consumer friendly front-of-package labeling.  This will put us on a path towards 65 million parents in America having easy access to the information needed to make healthy choices for their children.

Already, the private sector is responding.  Today, the American Beverage Association announced that its member companies will voluntarily put a clear, uniform, front-of-pack calorie label on all of their cans, bottles, vending and fountain machines within two years. The label will reflect total calories per container in containers up to 20oz. in size.  For containers greater than 20 oz., the label will reflect a 12 oz. serving size.  While more work remains to be done, this marks an important first step in ensuring parents have the information they need to make healthier choices

Provide Parents with a Rx for Healthier Living:   The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the broader medical community, will educate doctors and nurses across the country about obesity, ensure they regularly monitor children’s BMI, provide counseling for healthy eating early on, and, for the first time ever, will even write a prescription for parents laying out the simple things they can do to increase healthy eating and active play.

Major New Public Information Campaign: Major media companies – including the Walt Disney Company, NBC, Universal and Viacom – have committed to join the First Lady’s effort and increase public awareness of the need to combat obesity through public service announcements (PSAs), special programming, and marketing. The Ad Council, Warner Brothers and Scholastic Media have also partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to run PSAs featuring top professional athletes, Scholastic Media’s Maya & Miguel, and Warner Brothers’ legendary Looney Tunes characters.

Next Generation Food Pyramid: To help people make healthier food and physical activity choices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will revamp the famous food pyramid.  MyPyramid.gov is one of the most popular websites in the federal government, and a 2.0 version of the Web site will offer consumers a host of tools to help them put the Dietary Guidelines into practice.

Empower Change:USDA has created the first-ever interactive database – the Food Environment Atlas – that maps healthy food environments at the local level across the country.  It will help people identify the existence of food deserts, high incidences of diabetes, and other conditions in their communities.  This information can be used by parents, educators, government and businesses to create change across the country.

LetsMove.gov: To help children parents, teachers, doctors, coaches, the non-profit and business communities and others understand the epidemic of childhood obesity and take steps to combat it, the Administration has launched a new “one-stop” shopping website — LetsMove.gov — to provide helpful tips, step-by-step strategies for parents, and regular updates on how the federal government is working with partners to reach the national goal.

Serving Healthier Food in Schools

Many children consume as many as half of their daily calories at school.  As families work to ensure that kids eat right and have active play at home, we also need to ensure our kids have access to healthy meals in their schools.  With more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever.  Together with the private sector and the non-profit community, we will take the following steps to get healthier food in our nation’s schools:

Reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act: The Administration is requesting an historic investment of an additional $10 billion over ten years starting in 2011 to improve the quality of the National School Lunch and Breakfast program, increase the number of kids participating, and ensure schools have the resources they need to make program changes, including training for school food service workers, upgraded kitchen equipment, and additional funding for meal reimbursements.  With this investment, additional fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products will be served in our school cafeterias and an additional one million students will be served in the next five years.

Double the number of schools participating in the Healthier US School Challenge: The Healthier US School Challenge establishes rigorous standards for schools’ food quality, participation in meal programs, physical activity, and nutrition education – the key components that make for healthy and active kids – and provides recognition for schools that meet these standards. Over the next school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with partners in schools and the private sector, will double the number of schools that meet the Healthier US School Challenge and add 1,000 schools per year for two years after that.

We are bringing to the table key stakeholder groups that have committed to work together to improve the nutritional quality of school meals across the country.

New Commitments from Major School Food Suppliers: School food suppliers are taking important first steps to help meet the Healthier US School Challenge goal. Major school food suppliers including Sodexho, Chartwells School Dining Services, and Aramark have voluntarily committed to meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations within five years to decrease the amount of sugar, fat and salt in school meals; increase whole grains; and double the amount of produce they serve within 10 years.  By the end of the 2010-2011 school year, they have committed to quadruple the number of the schools they serve that meet the Healthier US School Challenge.

School Nutrition Association: The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents food service workers in more than 75% of the nation’s schools, has joined the Let’s Move campaign. Working with other education partners, SNA has committed to increasing education and awareness of the dangers of obesity among their members and the students they serve, and ensuring that the nutrition programs in 10,000 schools meet the Healthier US School Challenge standards over the next five years.

School Leadership:Working with school food service providers and SNA, the National School Board Association, the Council of Great City Schools and the American Association of School Administrators Council have all embraced, and committed to meeting, the national Let’s Move goal.  The Council of Great City Schools has also has set a goal of having every urban school meet the Healthier US Schools gold standard within five years.  The American Association of School Administrators has committed to ensuring that an additional 2,000 schools meet the challenge over the next two years.  These combined efforts will touch 50 million students and their families in every school district in America.

Accessing Healthy, Affordable Food

More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than a mile from a supermarket. These communities, where access to affordable, quality, and nutritious foods is limited, are known as food deserts.  Lack of access is one reason why many children are not eating recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And food insecurity and hunger among children is widespread.  A recent USDA report showed that in 2008, an estimated 49.1 million people, including 16.7 million children, lived in households that experienced hunger multiple times throughout the year. The Administration, through new federal investments and the creation of public private partnerships, will:

Eliminate Food Deserts: As part of the President’s proposed FY 2011 budget, the Administration announced the new Healthy Food Financing Initiative – a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Agriculture and Health and Human Services that will invest $400 million a year to help bring grocery stores to underserved areas and help places such as convenience stores and bodegas carry healthier food options.  Through these initiatives and private sector engagement, the Administration will work to eliminate food deserts across the country within seven years.

Increase Farmers Markets:The President’s 2011 Budget proposes an additional $5 million investment in the Farmers Market Promotion Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provides grants to establish, and improve access to, farmers markets.


Increasing Physical Activity

Children need 60 minutes of active play each day.  Yet, the average American child spends more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, using cell phones and computers, and playing video games, and only a third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.  Through public-private partnerships, and reforms of existing federal programs, the Administration will address this imbalance by:

Expanding and Modernizing the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge: In the coming weeks, the President will be naming new members to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, housed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The council will be charged with increasing participation in the President’s Challenge and with modernizing and expanding it, so that it is consistent with the latest research and science.

Doubling the Number of Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards: As part of the President’s Physical Fitness Council, the President will challenge both children and adults to commit to physical activity five days a week, for six weeks.  As part of the First Lady’s commitment to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, the Council will double the number of children in the 2010-2011 school year who earn a “Presidential Active Lifestyle Award” for meeting this challenge.

Safe and Healthy Schools: The U.S. Department of Education will be working with Congress on the creation of a Safe and Healthy Schools fund as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Education Act this year.  This fund will support schools with comprehensive strategies to improve their school environment, including efforts to get children physically active in and outside of school, and improve the quality and availability of physical education.

Professional Sports: Professional athletes from twelve leagues including the NFL, MLB, WNBA, and MLS have joined the First Lady on the Let’s Move campaign and will promote “60 Minutes of Play a Day” through sports clinics, public service announcements, and more to help reach the national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation.

Partnership for a Healthier America

Core to the success of this initiative is the recognition that government approaches alone will not solve this challenge. Achieving the goal will require engaging in partnerships with States, communities, and the non-profit and for-profit private sectors. To support this effort, several foundations are coming together to organize and fund a new central foundation – the Partnership for a Healthier America – to serve as a nonpartisan convener across the private, non-profit and public sectors to accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and to facilitate commitments towards the national goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation.  The Partnership for a Healthier America is being created by a number of leading health care foundations and childhood obesity non-profits, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Alliance for Healthier Generation, Kaiser Permanente, and Nemours, and will seek to add new members in the days and months ahead.A

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