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News & Press Releases

CUNY School of Public Health Selected to Evaluate Community Impact by Food Industry-led Hunger and Obesity Effort

May 6, 2015

NEW YORK –  The City University of New York School of Public Health
(CUNY SPH) has been selected to provide evaluation and external validation of community programs that encourage active, healthy lifestyles, which are sponsored by major food and beverage companies. The initiative, an academic research partnership called Commitment to Healthy Communities, is an agreement between the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) and the CUNY SPH to catalog, assess and report upon the quality and impact of these programs in communities in the U.S.


April 30, 2015

-- Elementary Schools in Kentucky and North Carolina Win $30,000 in Grants, New Playground Equipment to Enhance School and Community Wellness--

--Connecticut School Rewarded with $20,000 for Creating Innovative Program Designed to Combat Childhood Obesity--

Silver Spring, Md. – The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), a CEO-led coalition of more than 275 organizations dedicated to helping families and schools fight childhood obesity, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the winners of the 2015 Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes and Smart from the Start Awards, annually offered incentive programs from Together Counts™. Designed to encourage students to live active and healthy lives, these programs aim to increase the impact of health and wellness programs both in and out of school, and will ultimately award more than $100,000 in prizes to deserving schools across the nation.

We’re Going Back To Counting Calories…And Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

October 2, 2014
Huffington Post: Business
When we are talking about efforts to reduce obesity rates, the calories we buy, and consequently eat, do matter. Obesity is a supply problem: there are simply too many calories looking for too few mouths. Since the 1950s, the number of calories available for daily consumption per person has increased by a whopping 25 percent.
Who is best equipped to deal with reducing this overabundance of calories?
Certainly not the policymakers. Government programs to reduce consumption and educate consumers about healthy eating have been woefully ineffective. Since nutritional labeling on packaged goods was introduced in the early 1990s, the rate of obesity has more than doubled from 14 percent to over one-third of the adult population.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Lisa Gable Named March of Dimes 2014 Heroines of Washington Finalist

September 25, 2014

Washington, D.C. Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is proud to announce that Lisa Gable is a finalist for the 14th Annual Heroines of Washington.  The awards program will honor and acknowledge the significant contributions of women in the Washington, D.C. area who exemplify leadership in volunteer community service.

This year’s finalists include women dedicated to programs that support cancer patients and their families, transitional housing for young mothers and children, breaking the cycle of poverty, and survivors of abuse among numerous other causes. Ms. Gable is being recognized for her volunteer and support for women and girls through her service on the boards of Girl Scouts of the USA and ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), her service as Vice Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services and her time on the Board of Directors for San Francisco Junior League, where she focused on raising awareness of domestic violence through the Silent Witness Initiative.