First lady to keynote Partnership for a Healthier America summit

11/03/2011 11:44:00 AM
Don Schrack

The Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for a Healthier America is kicking off its second year with the Building a Healthier Future summit.

The event will be at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Nov. 29-30.

First lady Michelle Obama, who is the organization’s honorary first chairwoman, will be among the keynote speakers. Also scheduled to address the summit are former Sen. Bill Frist and Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker.

None of the speakers scheduled to appear at the summit represents the fresh produce industry, but PHA encourages the industry’s participation, said spokeswoman Elly Spinweber.

”One of the reasons we’re having this summit is so that we can get all these people around the same table,” she said. “The more people we have at the table, the better the solutions we can create.”

While the organization is working with the staffs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, its primary focus is elsewhere.

“PHA’s role is really to get the private sector involved, from the provider to the retailer to foodservice, to help solve the childhood obesity crisis,” Spinweber said.

PHA has had some success in reaching out to retailers, she said.

Brown’s Super Stores Inc., Westville, N.J.; Calhoun Enterprises, Montgomery, Ala.; Klein’s Family Markets, Forest Hill, Md.; SuperValu Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.; Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill.; and Walmart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark. have committed to PHA to open or expand collectively more than 1,500 stores in low-income areas over the next five years, according to the organization’s website.

Space is still available at the summit, Spinweber said.

“We’re getting close to capacity, but not yet at capacity,” she said.

Those wanting to attend the summit may register online at www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit.



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Mike    
Boston  |  November, 04, 2011 at 03:06 AM

Website seems corrupt?

Drew    
dc  |  November, 04, 2011 at 06:28 AM

the website listed has a typo. The correct address is www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit

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