Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive of the National Restaurant Association, will address the issue of childhood obesity next month at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Sweeney is known in the restaurant industry for the leadership role she has played in helping to inspire and guide its nutrition initiatives – notably, spearheading the launch of the NRA’s popular Kids LiveWell program. At this year’s PHA conference, she will speak about restaurants taking strides to provide healthful kids meals for their customers and the opportunities that exist for expanding that initiative.
“The restaurant industry recognizes that childhood obesity is a problem in the United States, and we are working together to continue taking steps that help consumers make better, more healthful choices when they and their children dine out,” she said. “The industry is committed to offering more nutrition education and menu options that promote healthful dining.”
The Partnership for a Healthier America is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis.
In addition to Sweeney’s participation at the conference, other speakers will include representatives from the Centers for Disease Control, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Research at Yale University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Darden Restaurants.
NRA members who are interested in attending the conference, which will be held March 7-8, can register at www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit/registration. Those who sign up by Feb. 8 are eligible to receive a discount. Choose “Special” under registration type and enter the code “EBNRA13”.