This is a sponsored post by Tony Carey for Partnership For a Healthier America.
Imagine a world where good food is the norm. Instead of carry-out pizza, it’s pizza with good-for-you-ingredients. There are no more chairs at corporate offices — they’ve been replaced with treadmill desks. And most importantly, in this world, our children are growing up free from the chronic diseases that are costing millions in healthcare, threatening the very security of our country and shortening the lives of our loved ones.
What if the biggest offenders are actually the solution, and rather than the government or well-meaning NGOs solving the obesity crisis that plagues our nation, it’s the private sector that has the power and takes on the responsibility of creating a better, healthier country?
The reality is, the private sector has the power, the scale, and resources to greatly influence the health of communities across the country. Partnership for a Healthier America has long seen the opportunities for these organizations – from CPGs to the convenience store industry – to evolve and innovate in ways that better support the accessibility and affordability of healthier options wherever families are. And, consumers are demanding it. This is the first generation that may not outlive their parents, and consumers recognize that providing better-for-you items are imperative to changing the course of children’s futures.
It’s important that each of these stakeholders – government, academia, public health and the private sector – come together to explore and innovate, to understand the untapped opportunities for better outcomes.
PHA’s Innovating a Healthier Future Summit, May 2 – 4, is an opportunity to do just that. This annual Summit brings together industry leaders, experts, and change agents to share best practices, thought leadership and cutting-edge innovations to bring solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the industry today, knowing that no single business model or sector are off-limits to a raw burst of change. From Ido Leffler, Co-founder and Chairman of Brandless to Dr. Mehmood Kahn, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development, PepsiCo, this one-of-a-kind conference, is the place to be for anyone wanting to change the health of America’s children.
If we want to see real change, we need to work together. The future of our country depends on it.
Toni Carey, Senior Manager, Communication & Marketing at Partnership for a Healthier America
Toni Carey is senior manager of communications and marketing at Partnership for a Healthier America. A passion for health and fitness led to her co-founding Black Girls RUN!, a grassroots organization that inspires African-American women to live a healthy lifestyle. Now at more than 200,000 members, the organization has been recognized nationally for its grassroots approach to community health.
Previously, she was the brand director for Camber Outdoors, a nonprofit elevating women’s equality through leadership and participation in the outdoors.