Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) honored eight individuals last week at the inaugural REAL Food Innovator Awards, including Dr. Marion Nestle, who was chosen as the Innovator of the Year. An independent panel of experts selected the award winners based on their extraordinary contributions to increasing the production and consumption of healthful and sustainable food.
“We’re in the middle of a food revolution and I cannot think of anything more important to the health of more people than food,” said Dr. Nestle, who was on hand to deliver the keynote address. "The most profitable foods are unfortunately not the ones that are the healthiest for people to be eating."
The USHFC presented the awards at a sold-out gala event at the historic Whittemore House in Washington, D.C., with a dinner prepared by Chef Sam Talbot, “Top Chef” ‘Fan Favorite’ and author of The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries. Included in the crowd of over 200 guests were numerous government officials and leaders from industry, academia and other nongovernmental organizations. Co-chairing the host committee for the evening were nationally recognized registered dietitian Ashley Koff and James Beard award winning Chef Michel Nischan, whose two sons suffer from type 1 diabetes.
“Nothing within our control affects our health more than the food we eat, yet serving healthful foods is generally perceived as not being good for business,” said Lawrence Williams, CEO of the USHFC. “Each of these individuals is helping to change that equation.”
The first award of the evening was presented to Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and President of Honest Tea: “We need to change our lifestyles, our diets, our relationships to the natural world, and to each other,” said Mr. Goldman.
A complete list of the REAL Food Innovator Awards is below:
Beverage: Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and President of Honest Tea
Childhood Nutrition: Kirsten Tobey and Kristin Richmond, Founders of Revolution Foods
Food Access: Robert Egger, Founder of DC Central Kitchen and LA Kitchen
Food Marketing: Steve Ells and Monty Moran, Co-CEOs of Chipotle
Food Production: Stephen McDonnell, CEO of Applegate Farms
Government Official: Michael Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City
Nonprofit Advocacy: Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group
Nutrition Awareness and Disease Prevention: Dr. Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University
The USHFC also announced that it was recently awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.
A host committee of over 40 leaders in nutrition and sustainability and over a dozen sponsors supported the first REAL Food Innovator Awards, including Discovery Communications, Google, Spartan Races, Sourcery and founding sponsor Fortessa Tableware Solutions.
A video clip of Dr. Nestle’s Innovator of the Year acceptance speech may be found at:
ABOUT UNITED STATES HEALTHFUL FOOD COUNCIL (USHFC)
Established in 2011, the USHFC is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to fighting diet-related disease by realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The organization has received grants from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The USHFC works towards its mission through the Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) program, which assesses and certifies food and foodservice establishments based on their utilization of nutrition and sustainability best practices. More information at ushfc.org and eatREAL.org.