Youth Exposure to Advertising for Unhealthy Foods

Youth exposure to advertising by the corporate food and beverage sector is associated with children asking parents to buy specific—and potentially unhealthy—foods. In 2006, a partnership of food and beverage companies established the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) to self-regulate nutrition standards. It’s important to track CFBAI’s progress in the marketing of food products, since advertising is tied to children’s food preferences and obesity-related issues. Furthermore, minority and low-income children are disproportionately exposed to unhealthy food advertising.

In 2015, data from Nielsen Media Research indicated that young children viewed an average of 2.5 food product ads daily during children’s programming, and nearly 80% of those products failed to meet federal guidelines for nutrition standards. Decreases in this percentage would indicate that the food and beverage sector is either making healthier products or reducing the advertising of unhealthy products to children—which may improve equity in healthy weight.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, 2015



  • Food and Beverage advertising in children's programming for children ages 2-5

  • Food & Beverage advertising in all programming for children ages 2-5

Hospital Partnerships

Hospitals don’t just make sick people better; they play an increasingly vital role in the overall health of their communities. Hospitals that forge partnerships with local organizations are better positioned to reach vulnerable and at-risk people and improve the health of all residents in their neighborhoods.

The 2016 American Hospital Association Annual Survey found that 34% of hospitals had a formal alliance with health care or insurance organizations; 19% with a state or local government organization; and 26% with a community organization. Increases in these numbers would indicate that more hospitals value expanding their roles and responsibilities in population health and community well-being.

Source: American Hospital Association, 2016

  • Hospitals reporting an alliance or collaboration with at least one organization, by type of organization

  • Hospitals reporting an alliance with health care/insurance, state or local government agency, or community organization

  • Total number of alliances reported