While the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues to have PepsiCo as a premier sponsor (even after drafting revised, and supposedly stricter, sponsorship guidelines), other health organizations around the world are making meaningful changes that better align with a message of health.
The latest: New Zealand’s Aukland Council, which “announced on Wednesday it is dropping sugar-sweetened drinks from vending machines at council-run leisure centers, as part of the Healthy Families NZ initiative.”
“Chief executive Stephen Town says it just doesn’t fit to sell sugary drinks in places that are trying to support healthier lifestyles.”
“Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura manager Ben Youdan applauds the council’s move, saying activating local and industry leadership is the key to addressing sugar-related health issues.”
At this point, the Academy cutting ties with PepsiCo would not be a particularly groundbreaking or paradigm-shifting move. But, it would certainly be meaningful and very appreciated if Academy leadership joined the ever-growing group of health organizations (including the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization) forging a new path.