Pro Athletes’ Ads Favor Less Healthful Food, Drinks

LeBron Powerade

EDT October 7, 2013 In 2010, food and drink endorsements by top athletes largely represented high-calorie, low-nutrient products, a study finds. And adolescents saw more athlete-endorsement food commercials than adults. Basketball star LeBron James appears on a bottle of Coca-Cola Co.’s Powerade sports drink. (Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg) Popular athletes contribute to the marketing of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods Adolescents watch more athlete-endorsed food and beverage brand commercials than adults Athletes who promote unhealthy food and drinks send a mixed message to kids about diet and health SHARECONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Peyton Manning, Serena Williams and LeBron James are among the nation’s most prominent and marketable athletes, but they also topped the list when it came to endorsing high-calorie, nutrient-poor food and beverages in 2010, a report shows. And kids ages 12 to 17 were the primary viewers of athlete-endorsement food commercials. They watched an average of 35 TV ads in 2010; vs. 33 for adults. Kids 11 and under averaged 21, according to the report in November’s Pediatrics, published online today. “Professional athletes in general are endorsing a lot of unhealthy foods, which is concerning for a country that’s struggling with obesity,” says lead author Marie Bragg, a health policy researcher at Yale University. These athletes “could do a lot of good to promote public health, but unfortunately they are promoting foods that are really unhealthy,” she says. Researchers tracked endorsements by the top 100 athletes as identified by Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2010 Power 100 rankings.

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They fly this guy in from Vegas, then he outsources a food truck, and then they feed em in the parking lot. One of the things was a hamburger but it had like coleslaw in it it wasnt coleslaw, but it had all these different tastes and then a fried egg, and a hamburger. I dont know how it sounds, but it was delicious! I havent heard you this fired up in months, the host marveled. And then they had a chicken one, Madden went on. But I thought that was really cool. You see a lot of visiting teams come out, and theyll have a boxed lunch or something.Thats interesting. Of all the things Ive seen in the NFL, Ive never seen that one, where a team brings in a food truck. As for the Redskins themselves, it was another big success. Fukunaga told me that Chris Neild downed five burgers before I could blink, DeAngelo Hall lingered by the truck to eat, and it was so busy that Colin was unable to take any photos of Robert Griffin III picking up a couple Fukuburgers. As for Madden, an Oakland Police Department officer came by and asked if he could place an order for the legendary analyst. I cant tell you what an honor it was to step foot on the most storied of all sports touring buses, Fukunaga wrote. It was like being in a dream.

John Madden visits Redskins food truck

(Courtesy Colin Fukunaga)

(d.b.a. IMI Global) is America’s trusted resource for third party verification of food production practices. The Company supports more than 9,000 farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers and restaurants with a wide variety of value-added services through their IMI Global (IMI) and International Certification Services, Inc. (ICS) verification divisions. In addition, the Company’s Where Food Comes From retail and restaurant labeling program utilizes the verification of product attributes to connect consumers to the sources of the food they purchase through product labeling and web-based information sharing and education. Go to for additional information. About Micro Technologies An MWI Company, Micro is a value-added distributor to the production animal market, including the distribution of feed additives, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, supplies, and other animal health products. Micro also is a leading innovator of proprietary, computerized management systems for the production animal market. Micro is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas. CAUTIONARY STATEMENT This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on current expectations, estimates and projections that are subject to risk. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and actual events could differ materially from the Company’s predictions. Important factors that could cause actual events to vary from predictions include those discussed in our SEC filings. Specifically, statements in this news release about plans to develop new solutions and initiatives for the beef industry; expectations for 1,000 new customers and $700,000 in new revenue resulting from the Micro transaction; and demand for, and impact and efficacy of, the Company’s products and services on the marketplace are forward-looking statements that are subject to a variety of factors, including availability of capital, personnel and other resources; competition; governmental regulation of the agricultural industry; the market for beef and other commodities; and other factors. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.