The Foundation has become a leader in taking action, driving the discussion and creating innovative teaching and motivational tools that are transforming young lives. Our commitment to homes and schools allows us to have the strongest impact on the lives of children in an effort to help reduce obesity.
Families and Children
The Together Counts™ campaign promotes the advantages of family meals and physical activity. The campaign instigates action by providing advice that fuels participation, tools to track progress, awards and incentives.
On May 30, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) announced that America’s top food and beverage companies have surpassed their goal of reducing 6.4 trillion calories in the marketplace in the United States three years ahead of schedule. This was the first industry commitment made under First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.
With Discovery Education we have created TogetherCounts.com, a robust portal featuring all of our free, downloadable resources for families, teachers and children from Pre-K elementary school. The site is a hub for our grant programs annual contests and resources for partner and community outreach.
The Together Counts™ program has earned numerous awards and accolades including Tech & Learning’s Award of Excellence, ComputED Gazette’s EDDIE and BESSIE Awards and the Colorado Foundation for Public Healthy and the Environment Video Award.
Each year we award schools funding to make healthy changes and to adopt the Energy Balance 101 curriculum and Together Counts resources. For the list of our latest grant and award winners click here.
HWCF also funds EB4Kids, evidenced-based research that we use to develop best practices in the classroom. View case study video now.
Girl Scouts of the USA
Our “Healthy Habits" booklets incorporate energy balance into GSUSA’s Journey series and are used throughout the year, predominantly during summer and spring break camps where girls deploy the tips and lessons in hands-on and outdoor settings. More than 13,000 of the online booklets have been distributed in addition to 100,000 hard copies.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of our corporate member Ferrero USA, Inc., HWCF was delighted to support Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital's Camp Forever Friends again this year. Ferrero's sponsorship provided the opportunity for nearly 200 underserved girls to attend camp and experience the Healthy Habits program. The program builds awareness about the importance of energy balance and healthy habits for the girls to take home to their families. This effort builds on the HWCF funded success of the Forever Friends 2014 camp.
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
The Healthy Lifestyles “Energy 101" grant program was distributed nationally to PTA leadership in 50 states and promoted on the PTA.org website, in an RFP fashion for distribution of 25 community grants. Announcements of the 25 winning schools will take place end of August. More than 113 PTA’s, a concentration of which came from Title I schools, applied for the grant. Full engagement metrics on the grant program are being compiled, however, based on impact with the program; more than 50,000 students were represented by the PTA applications received and over 11,250 will directly benefit from the grants delivered to wining schools.
The Balancing Act
Through our relationship with Lifetime’s national morning show The Balancing Act, we have reached a combined estimated audience of more than 17 million viewers. Through our 24 HWCF show segments, we highlight the good work of our members and partners, and encourage viewers to maintain active, healthy lifestyles.
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
In collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), HWCF has developed a Boy Scouts Energy Balance MVP badge program for troops and their scouts based on the Together Counts™ program. The Energy Balance MVP badge is part of the Boy Scout’s SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative, a program to integrate active lifestyles and healthy living into all aspects of the Boy Scouts’ programming. Through a series of fun lessons and activities, the Energy Balance MVP badge program teaches Scouts life-long lessons about energy balance and how to stay active and healthy.
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA)
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) is dedicated to fostering youth development through after-school care and extended learning opportunities. HWCF partnered with the NAA to develop a unique, customized version of the Together Counts Enrichment Zone curriculum for the after-school environment. The National AfterSchool Association featured the new curriculum on their homepage, beginning in April 2015, which averages between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors monthly. The curriculum was also included in a spring 2015 NAA newsletter with over 17,000 recipients and was featured on their Facebook page with a reach of over 1,754 and 15 shares. In addition, HWCF selected eight NAA member organizations to pilot test the Enrichment Zone program. These organizations, which deliver after-school programs to underserved communities, all received mini-grants in order to bring the concept of Energy Balance into their existing programs with their students.
HWCF has partnered with Catholic Charities of the USA (CCUSA) to bring the energy balance message and programming to over 2,500 service sites in the United States. These sites serve more than 9 million people in poverty annually; 35% of which are children. They largely serve the poor through their hunger and nutrition programs, but have programs for other human services, including house, health, and immigration.
The Boys and Girls Club of America Native Services Unit
The Boys and Girls Club of America Native Services Unit serves approximately 82,000 youth in 24 states, representing some 90 different American Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian communities. HWCF is supporting the Native Services Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of America through a mini-grant program to bring the Together Counts™ Enrichment Zone curriculum to a select group of clubs across the country. Ten pilot sites were chosen to receive a mini grant to implement the Energy Balance curriculum into their health services and education programs. Collectively, these ten pilot sites serve 16,796 total youth through membership and community outreach.
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Core to the National PTA’s Mission is encouraging parent involvement in schools. HWCF funds National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Grant program, awarding 25 grants of $2,000 to schools who use the Together Counts™ program and the Energy Balance curriculum to impact greater school and community wellness. In addition, as part of HWCF’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, two grants aimed at Pre-K and Head Start programs are making a difference in schools and across communities. As a result of more than $125,000 in targeted funding, individual PTA’s and PTA Councils across the United States have formed community coalitions to impact healthy lifestyles on a greater scale. Critical to the implementation of the PTA grants is energy balance education and program sustainability. Through parent education and community outreach, we’re providing tools for lasting impact.
National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a not-for-profit organization that is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. NHSA's mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. HWCF has partnered with NHSA to promote the Smart from the Start Energy Balance program which builds on HWCF’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. Twenty-three Head Start programs across the country have been identified as winners starting this fall will adopt the Smart from the Start early education curriculum for their programs.