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The fight to end childhood obesity is being addressed by everyone from industry leaders to community organizations to individuals – which is the only way we are going to end this crisis.

To highlight some of this work, this year the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is honoring those leaders that are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice, with its first ever Catalyst for Change Awards. Finalists were announced during the 2016 Building a Healthier Future Summit on May 19 and winners will be announced at the PHA Gala in November.

The PHA Partner of the Year Award is presented to a partner who is working to ensure the health of our nation’s youth, making healthier choices more affordable and accessible to families and children across the country. The partner must demonstrate how it is executing key strategies with and beyond the PHA commitment, including focusing on those populations disproportionately impacted by obesity; doing well while doing good; using an innovative approach to address childhood obesity; or creating a ripple effect within their industry. The finalists are:

The PHA Impact Award is presented to a group or an individual who has sparked change at the community level to help build a healthier future. The finalists must demonstrate how the organization or individual is showing measurable impact and outcomes with a focus on populations disproportionately impacted by obesity; collaborating with other organizations in the childhood obesity effort to create a greater impact; or using an innovative approach to address the mission to end childhood obesity. The finalists are: