The following is a statement from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), regarding In It for Good: 2012 Annual Progress Report, released today by Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). PHA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to generating commitments from private-sector and nonprofit organizations to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. This new report tracks progress organizations have made on their commitments between May 2010 and December 2012. RWJF is a founding member of PHA.
“All across our nation—from California to New York City—we’re seeing pockets of progress toward reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. But we aren’t nearly where we need to be. For progress to reach every corner of our country, we must redouble our efforts: parents, schools, nonprofit organizations, government at all levels, and the private sector. Everyone has a role to play in improving the health of our nation’s children.
“The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is helping to drive this important move forward by generating commitments that should make a real difference in the lives of children. The progress report PHA released today shows the many ways dozens of companies and nonprofit organizations are stepping up to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and families.
“From improving access to grocery stores for more than half a million people in underserved communities to getting nearly 3 million kids moving more, the commitments that PHA is generating make it easier for young people to eat healthy foods and be physically active in the places where they live, learn, and play.
“What’s more, PHA sets a high bar for how it tracks and reports progress for every commitment a partner makes. That’s important, because good intentions won’t reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Only meaningful action will.
“We are encouraged by the progress PHA reported today. But there’s still a lot to be done. That’s why we need organizations that already have stepped up and made pledges to continue their work, and many more to follow suit.”
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
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