Elle Alexander

Elle Alexander is a Policy Analyst in Global Health and Agriculture Policy, working on nutrition and noncommunicable disease issues. Her work focuses on investigating the role of the food and beverage industry in noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and control through research and engaging with stakeholders in the industry, NGO and scientific community. Elle began working at PepsiCo while completing her MSPH in Human Nutrition at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While at Hopkins, she worked on the Baltimore Healthy Eating Zones (BHEZ) project to promote healthy eating behaviors in youth through interventions in corner stores and recreation centers. She received a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an International Relations Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Huffington Post: Private Sector Serious About Tackling NCDs Despite Concerns of Civil Society

Derek Yach, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy recently posted, Private Sector Serious About Tackling NCDs Despite Concerns of Civil Society, on the Huffington Post. In the post, an update on the United National High-Level Meeting on NCDs one year ago, Derek says that, “We in the private sector agree that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to tackle NCDs. The private sector is a major stakeholder in many ways — as employers; makers of food and medicines, sports gear and technology; as corporate citizens and consumers — and wants to be engaged in the global NCD dialogue. We deserve a seat at the table.” Derek follows with some examples of private sector actions and suggestions for next steps. See the entire post and let us know what you think. Read more

NYAS Nutrition Science Event

Last Thursday and Friday, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science held an event, Global Capacity Building in Nutrition Science: Training Future Practitioners, Empowering Future Leaders, at the New York Academy of Sciences. PepsiCo associates in Global Health and Agriculture Policy, Nutrition, and Advanced Research attend the event; Derek Yach, SVP of Global Health and Agriculture Policy, gave a talk titled 21st century pressures to feed the world sustainably demand new approaches to, and increased investments in, human and institutional nutrition capacity. Read more

Derek Yach at the Grantmakers In Health Annual Meeting

Derek Yach was recently one of the plenary speakers at the recent Grantmakers In Health Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is an organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Derek spoke about Performance with Purpose, the company’s belief that what’s right for people and our planet leads a more successful future for PepsiCo. He noted that we have clear goals that address public health, ”such as aims to reduce salt, sugar, and saturated fats in products, and, at the same time, increase the proportion of healthier products in our portfolio.” He stressed that being guided by Performance with Purpose is important because societal needs are “deeply embedded, funded, and executed within the daily operations of [a] company [and are] linked to the way executives are compensated and the way companies report on their progress.” However, trade-offs still exist that... Read more

PepsiCo at the World Health Assembly

I recently attended the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the decision making body of WHO. I went as part of the Global Health Council delegation, along with a team from PepsiCo.  Non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control was a main topic this year in the lead up to a High Level meeting to be held at the UN in September 2011 on NCDs, specifically cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer. The High Level Meeting is the chance to put NCDs on the global agenda and secure commitments from governments, and NCD advocates. We hope that this meeting will result in similarly strong outcomes as seen in the 2001 UNAIDS meeting. The World Health Assembly discussion focused on the need for a multisectoral approach to NCD solutions.  As providers of food, medicines, medical technologies, sporting equipment and more, the private sector has the... Read more