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Academy Applauds HWCF for 6.4 Trillion Reduction in Marketplace Calories

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics congratulates the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation for surpassing its pledge to reduce 1.5 trillion calories sold in the marketplace. Because of this effort, 6.4 trillion calories are no longer available to the public, equating to 78 calories per person per day in the United States.

"Thanks to the commitment of 16 leading food and beverage companies, there are fewer calories in our environment than in 2007, which will help Americans attain an appropriate energy balance that can lead to healthier lives," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum. "This is a great example of how everyone, including the private sector, can have a positive impact on public health."

In 2007, the 16 companies produced 36 percent of the calories in all packaged foods and beverages. In 2010, in an effort to address obesity, the companies - as part of the HWCF - made a commitment to remove 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2015. An analysis supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found the companies exceeded their goal by 400 percent.

"By providing the public with a larger variety of lower-calorie options, together we have the opportunity to optimize the health of the nation through food and nutrition. Commitments like these are critical to tackling the obesity epidemic," McCollum said.

The Academy has been involved in the HWCF since its inception; HWCF sponsors Energy Balance for Kids with Play (EB4K with Play), which is led by registered dietitian nutritionists who serve as "coaches" in school-based programs that promote nutrition, physical activity and energy-balance knowledge and behavior changes among schoolchildren.

"The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is an example of how partnerships can have a positive impact on the public’s health," McCollum said. "When influential organizations come together with a common goal to fight obesity, major milestones can be achieved in a short time."

The Academy's Foundation Kids Eat Right and Playworks collaborate on EB4K in three states to positively affect the entire school wellness environment.

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