The Wilmington, Del.-based Produce for Better Health Foundation is one of eight organizations awarded the Pioneering Innovation Award at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weight of the Nation Conference.

The eight organizations were recognized for work in advancing policies and environmental strategies to prevent and control obesity. PBH was recognized for those policies via its Fruits & Veggies — More Matters health initiative, which seeks to advance nutrition policy efforts and industry and government collaboration.

“With Fruits & Veggies — More Matters, we’re more concerned about the general health of the whole nation,” said Jill Le Brasseur, communications specialist for the foundation. “But obesity is a growing problem in this country, and we definitely feel that fruits and vegetables can play an important part in reducing obesity.”

Le Brasseur said everyone involved with PBH was thrilled when hearing it was receiving the award, announced at the July 29 conference in Washington D.C.

“It was a nice surprise,” Le Brasseur said. “We’re just happy for the recognition. We’re going to keep working hard for the health of this nation.”

Other organizations honored with Pioneering Innovation Awards are: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Baptist Health South Florida, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Kaiser Permanente, Navajo Nation, Nemours Health and Prevention Services and the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative.

PBH honored with Weight of the Nation Award