Dannon Reports Significant Progress
Toward Fulfillment of Commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America
Today, on the first day of Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) annual Building a Healthier Future Summit, we joined leaders from public health, government, academia and industry to discuss ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Americans. We heard about innovative ideas and programs on critical topics ranging from health equity and race, to living with obesity, to food access and security.
Just as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines encourage, PHA understands that all stakeholders — including industry — have a role to play when it comes to improving the health of Americans, and especially children. As the nation’s leading yogurt maker, Dannon is committed to doing its part. Yesterday, we announced substantial progress across all four components of our 2014 commitment to PHA. This includes improvements in nutrient density, more than $2 million invested in nutrition research and education, significant reductions in sugar content and not only achieving but also exceeding our fat reduction goal.
Dannon President & CEO Mariano Lozano participated in a one-on-one discussion on the Summit’s plenary stage for the “CEO Spotlight” this morning. He discussed Dannon’s ongoing progress in its PHA commitment and how that has been part of a portfolio evolution. He also underscored one of the key strengths of the company’s commitment: that achievement is based on the actual volume of products sold, meaning the progress made reflects the improved nutritional quality of the products that are selected and enjoyed by consumers.
I also have the opportunity to participate on a panel this afternoon, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Food Trends & Forecasts,” as part of today’s Summit proceedings. Alongside distinguished speakers Kelly Weikel from Technomic and Evan Morgan, a Partner at Revolution Growth, I’ll be sharing data behind the growth and popularity that the yogurt category has experienced, and the role I see it playing as Americans shift toward healthier fare.
For those like us who champion public policy and advocate for improved health every day, witnessing the shared passion between the private sector and our nonprofit, academic and government counterparts is truly inspiring. In First Lady Michelle Obama’s last year in office, we look forward to hearing her remarks tomorrow, and are proud to be a part of this exciting movement toward a healthier America.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Dannon Company, Inc.
May is National Osteoporosis Month, and an opportunity to raise awareness for and educate around the dangers of this condition. One in two women and up to one in four men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, but nutrition, with adequate calcium and vitamin D throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet can help reduce those risks. Many yogurts are a good source of vitamin D, which together with calcium (also found in yogurt), helps promote bone health. The 2015 DGAs also note that research has linked dairy intake to improved bone health. Click here for a MyPlate fact sheet on the many health benefits of dairy, including bone health.
According to a new observational study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle March 2016 Scientific Sessions, yogurt may help protect women from developing high blood pressure. The study found an association between women who ate five or more servings of yogurt per week (compared with those consuming one serving per month) and a 20 percent reduction in the risk of developing high blood pressure.
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