SHANGHAI, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The CNS-Yum China Dietary Health Foundation (“Foundation”), jointly established by Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Yum China”) (NYSE: YUMC) and the Chinese Nutrition Society, awarded research grants to seven initiatives which aim to improve the eating habits of Chinese people. A symposium convening scientists, scholars and experts was also held in Shanghai to discuss and share cutting-edge research in the spheres of nutrition, health, and dietary habits in China.
Official launch of the CNS-Yum China Dietary Health Foundation
This year, the Foundation assessed over 100 applications and awarded research grants to seven flagship initiatives, including projects proposed by Huzhong Li of the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment and Weisheng Xu of the health and nutrition unit at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Joey Wat, President and Chief Operating Officer of Yum China, said, “As China’s largest restaurant company, Yum China has always been committed to providing consumers with food that is both nutritious and delicious. We will continue to play an important role in advocating active, healthy lifestyles, and enhancing understanding of well-balanced diets in China.”
Professor Xiaoguang Yang, Vice Chairman of the China Nutrition Society, expressed his gratitude to the team of experts led by Yum China, the Chinese Red Cross Foundation (“CRCF”) and Dr. Junshi Chen, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and General Advisor to the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, for their outstanding contributions to the promotion of scientific research into dietary health over the past decade. Professor Yang pledged to partner with Yum China to conduct high-quality research into these topics and to advance the understanding of nutrition and healthy diets in China.
In a keynote speech, Dr. Junshi Chen noted that the Foundation’s goals are aligned with government initiatives including Healthy China 2030 and the National Nutrition Plan 2017-2030, which are designed to raise the level of health literacy and improve the diets and health of Chinese people.
This is the 10th annual nutrition symposium that Yum China has hosted. In 2007, Yum China and the CRCF established the KFC China Health Foundation. In May 2017, Yum China partnered with the Chinese Nutrition Society, China’s top professional organization dedicated to the research and application of the