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American Council for Fitness and Nutrition

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Formed in January 2003, American Council for Fitness and Nutrition (ACFN) is a non-profit association of more than 80 "food and beverage companies, trade associations and nutrition advocates to work toward comprehensive and achievable solutions to the nation’s obesity epidemic," according to the group's website. ACFN is chaired by Dr. Susan Finn.[1] and "is guided by an Advisory Board of experts in the fields of nutrition, physical activity and behavior change."[1] Its membership roster includes a smattering of health groups, but is mostly comprised of food-industry trade groups, advertising associations, and top food corporations.

School Food Policy

Parents Advocating School Accountability was critical of ACFN's role in the debate on vending machines in schools. Dr. Finn told Knight-Ridder Newspapers' Washington Bureau that junk-food-stocked vending machines in schools play no role in the child obesity crisis without disclosing that ACFN's membership includes Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Cadbury Schweppes, the Snack Food Association, the Sugar Association and the National Soft Drink Association.[2] Several on the ACFN membership list are also members of the newly formed advertising lobbying group, The Alliance for American Advertising.

Members

partial listing from ACFN's website[3]

Personnel

Contact information

American Council for Fitness and Nutrition
P.O. Box 33396
Washington, DC 20033-3396
Phone: 800-953-1700
Website: http://www.acfn.org

Resources

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. American Council for Fitness and Nutrition, "About Us", American Council for Fitness and Nutrition website, accessed October 2008.
  2. Leadership, American Council for Fitness and Nutrition, accessed May 2008.

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