How Big is the Nutrition Problem in America? | Net Impact

How Big is the Nutrition Problem in America?

Did you know in 2010, diet surpassed smoking as the number one risk factor for disease and death in the United States? By 2018, obesity will cost the U.S. 21% of our total healthcare costs - $344 billion.  (Source: President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, fitness.gov).  In fact, over half of Americans believe it is easier to figure out their income taxes than to figure out what they should and shouldn't eat to be healthier.


Source: International Food Information Council Foundation


Meeting the challenges of our food systems will require innovative and sustainable solutions.  That’s why Net Impact together with Newman’s Own Foundation has launched the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge.  Where our goal is to educate and support young leaders to impact nutrition outcomes on campus and in their communities in the short-term, and equip and inspire them to be nutrition advocates over their longer-term careers.  Learn more about the Newman's Own Foundation Challenge.  

Or join us for our Newman's Own Foundation Interview Series: 
 John Austin of the Garden Project
February 22 - 1pm ET/10am PT: Seth Goldman, TeaEO of Honest Tea
February 29 - 1pm ET/10am PT: Oran Hestermann of the Fair Food Network
March 7 - 1pm ET/10am PT: Sabrina Mutukisna of the Town Kitchen