About The United States Healthful Food Council
The USHFC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to fighting diet-related disease by realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests.
Fostering Healthier Food Choices
Americans spend half of their food dollars eating out.We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” But as Americans eat more meals prepared outside of the home, that old saying could use an update — “You are what you eat — and where you eat.”
Do you care how much sugar, salt and fat are added to your food and drinks? Does it matter what kind of oils in which your food is cooked? Are the vegetables and fruits fresh, frozen or canned? The answers to these types of questions are out of reach for most consumers, but they have a significant impact on public health. After all, the average American adult buys a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week, and more than 30 percent of children eat fast food on any given day.
The USHFC is tackling this issue head on and is filling a void in addressing the national epidemics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. By partnering and certifying foodservice operations (restaurants, institutional and corporate dining facilities, catering and meal delivery services) as well as their suppliers, the USHFC can better align their interest with the public’s. We are proud to be working together to help confront our nation’s public health crises — while also supporting the foodservice industry.
How we’re doing it:
- REAL Certification Program
- Recipe Analysis & Menu Labeling Program
- Nutrition Consulting & Advisory Services
Why Is the USHFC Needed?
A large body of evidence suggests that the growing amounts of calorie-dense foods we’re eating away from home are contributing significantly to increased levels of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Although this is widely accepted, it is difficult to overstate its epidemic proportions:
- Nearly 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many forms of cancer.
- In the past 35 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults and tripled in children.
- Currently, 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and an additional 86 million are pre-diabetic. Rates have tripled in the past 30 years.
Improved nutrition and lifestyles can drastically reduce the prevalence of obesity as well as reduce our nation’s healthcare costs. Obesity now contributes more to our healthcare costs than smoking, and forecasts suggest that simply maintaining obesity levels at current rates will save $550 billion by 2030.
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