Turning To Big Business To Solve The Obesity Epidemic

This is a great idea. Mayor Booker is generally on the front end of solving problems. He is an innovative leader. He understands the impact these big businesses could have on our food choices. I am really excited about the fact that some in government are trying to take care of the people.

The Partnership for a Healthier America is a Washington-based group and has Washington's most prestigious woman as its honorary chair: first lady Michelle Obama.

But this coalition to fight childhood obesity is focused on what needs to happen outside this town, namely in the private sector, to halt the epidemic. And in the last 12 months, it has managed to ink almost 20 deals with some of the biggest food companies in the country.

At the PHA summit this week, Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey and PHA honorary vice-chair, told NPR he's encouraged by the commitments companies such as Wal-Mart, Hyatt and Darden Restaurants are making to help change the retail landscape of food.

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