In November 2018, the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) released the first-ever U.S. Access to Nutrition Index, an independent evidence-based evaluation of what the 10 largest U.S. food and beverage companies are doing to tackle the high levels of obesity and diet-related diseases in the United States and increase consumers’ access to healthy, affordable products. This includes companies’ efforts to improve the nutritional quality of their products; how they price and distribute their healthy products; as well as their marketing and product labeling.1
Below is a conversation about the U.S. Index and the important role food and beverage companies can play in helping kids and families eat healthier.
Jamie Bussel is a Senior Program Officer at RWJF. She focuses on supporting programs and policies that increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Jamie plays an integral role in shaping the Foundation’s approach to helping all kids grow up at a healthy weight.
Victoria Brown is also a Senior Program Officer at RWJF. She helps lead the Foundation’s efforts to engage businesses around health. Through collaboration and partnerships, Brown works with the business community to create and/or improve their practices with the goal of helping children lead longer, healthier lives.