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.
Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
We offer a platform for high school students to engage with us to satisfy their service learning requirment or to simply give back to their community.
We reached more than 150,000 HOSA students to announce a scholarship opportunity via webinars, eblasts, website promotion and regional/state conferences in our 2012-2013 pilot program. 16 HOSA chapters participated in our program—encouraging high schools students to take on our K-5 Find Your Balance Challenge in their local communities as mentors. We are delighted to announce our winner from Las Cruces New Mexico, Michelle Thomas. She raised the bar, orchestrating a community program at a school with an obesity issue, and helped her local elementary school finish the FYBC in the top ten. As a result, the school earned a “mini grant" from HWCF and Michelle earned a $1,000 prize.
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.