Annual PHA Summit Highlights Dannon Nutrition Commitment Accomplishments

The Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual summit this month marked a significant milestone for Dannon, having met and, in some cases, surpassed its commitment to improve the nutrient profile and nutrient density of its products, and invest more than $3 million in nutrition research and education.

Below is a recap of Dannon’s commitments and accomplishments

since beginning these efforts in 2013:

Dannon achieved these goals by reformulating popular products like Danimals® Smoothies and by introducing new ones like the popular Oikos® Triple Zero Greek Nonfat yogurt – containing zero added sugars1, zero artificial sweeteners and zero fat per serving.

The importance of these achievements is significant – specifically considering new research indicating the positive role yogurt can make to the American diet. This is particularly true of snacks. According to a new study published in Global Pediatric Health, Americans receive almost a quarter of their daily energy from snacks. Among the snack foods chosen most often by consumers, yogurt ranks highest on the Nutrient-Rich Foods Index (NRF).

Yogurt ranked high on the index because a 100-calorie serving contains nutrients to encourage, including protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamin D, coupled with small amounts of nutrients to limit (saturated fat, total sugars and sodium). Although milk also ranked high in nutrient density, yogurt scored higher because the market leaders of yogurt (based on volumes sold) are non-fat, while the most frequently chosen milk varieties are whole milk or 2% milkfat.

It is more important than ever to provide consumers with great tasting products that help meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. With Danone’s global nutrition commitments next on the horizon, we will continue to provide consumers with options to make healthier choices.

Philippe Caradec

Vice President of Public Affairs

Break Free from Osteoporosis with National Osteoporosis Month

The National Osteoporosis Foundation, the nation’s leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, is celebrating National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month this month. An estimated 54 million adults living in the U.S. are at risk for osteoporosis and low bone mass, meaning that more than half of U.S. adults are at risk of breaking a bone. For those under 50, it’s imperative to maintain proper nutrition and physical activity to lessen the risk of developing a bone mass deficiency with age.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has various resources available on its website, from lists of calciumrich foods to a Clinician’s Guide to Healthy Bones for Life

Keep Hypertension at Bay with National High Blood Pressure Education Month

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is encouraging community groups, civic and faith-based organizations, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, and workplaces to use this time to raise awareness of the effect of high blood pressure on health and on ways to lower high blood pressure.

This year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is partnering with Million Hearts® to share tips and resources on how to prevent high blood pressure and how to control it if it is already high. Follow @MillionHeartsUS on Twitter to learn more and retweet them to spread the education.