The Guiding Stars team is thrilled to help students at institutions like University of New Hampshire make smarter, healthier choices in their day-to-day eating. The food service leadership at UNH has been very innovative in using our program to highlight their more nutritious offerings. We’ve long seen the positive effects our program makes for grocery shoppers, and we are pleased to see this catch on in even more organizations as consumers begin to demand information that allows them to make the best choices possible. The impact we’re making in our communities is exciting: from supporting more nutritious choices in school and hospital cafeterias, to helping shoppers navigate grocery shelves to offering hundreds of nutritious star-rated recipes on our website. We believe we have a responsibility to provide easy, transparent nutritional guidance, and we’re pleased to share news about independent research that highlights the impact of our work.
I am very pleased to announce that Ken Holt recently joined Guiding Stars Licensing Co. as our new Project and Systems Manager. In this role, Ken will manage all systems development, enhancements, and interactions with other platforms at Ahold Delhaize and outside Guiding Stars clients. He will analyze our business problems to identify possible solutions, and then plan and manage the project stages to ensure that our various Guiding Stars systems support our evolving strategic needs.
I want to share a huge shout out to our long-time friend and GSLC colleague, Paul Doucette, who retired last month after 35+ years at Hannaford, Delhaize America & Guiding Stars. Paul was excited to try the retired life and spend more time with his hobbies and his family. Paul joined the Guiding Stars team over 11 years ago and as our Systems Specialist, he helped in every phase of our development and expansion.
I am very pleased to announce that Elizabeth Caton recently joined Guiding Stars Licensing Co. as the Client Services Manager. In this role, Elizabeth will manage and enhance relationships with a variety of new and existing retail and food service clients that have a wide range of needs. She will also lead our branding, marketing, communications and outreach for Guiding Stars, leveraging some outstanding business partners.
It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I share the news that Sue Till will be leaving Guiding Stars Licensing Co. Sue has accepted a promotion to become the Healthy Living Marketing Manager for Hannaford Supermarkets. Please join me in congratulating Sue on this most well-deserved promotion and wishing her continued success at Hannaford!
Hannaford and Guiding Stars folks look back over the first ten years of Guiding Stars, reminiscing together about the birth of what was an innovative program when it began and what has gone on to gain national attention and independent verification.
We are thrilled to see that the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released! The Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel was actively involved in reviewing proposals that led to the development of the final recommendations, and we are very excited to delve into the finalized details. These guidelines reflect the current consensus and are updated every five years to reflect the latest evidence-based findings about nutrition and healthy, which is why we rely on the Dietary Guidelines as we update and improve our own food-rating algorithms.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Weight of the Nation conference that was held this month in Washington, DC. This national conference was hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and attended by 1,200 thought leaders from across the country including public health experts, federal state and local policy makers, program managers, educators and health professionals. The objective of the conference was to review the status of obesity prevention efforts, get updates on the latest research findings and highlight programs and efforts that are working across the country. There was a special focus on the alarming increase in childhood obesity throughout the conference.