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Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Energy Balance Curriculum to Combat Childhood Obesity

September 21, 2010

Program to reach over 21,000 elementary schools and over 1 million teachers

Washington, DC – The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), the CEO-led organization driving a multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015, today announced the launch of a new online curriculum powered by Discovery Education.  Promoting ways to help young people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance – calories in and calories out – this curriculum is now available at no cost to educators at
 “Parents and educators play a key role in teaching children that maintaining a balance of our Energy In and Energy Out contributes to a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Lisa Gable, Executive Director of HWCF.  “This program helps ensure that we can deliver high-quality curriculum directly into the classroom where it can make a real difference in the lives of our children.”
“Discovery Education is proud to support the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s efforts to eliminate childhood obesity in America,” commented Mary Rollins, Discovery Education Vice President of Educational Partnerships.  “This curriculum provides educators with new tools and resources that they can use in their classrooms to fight this epidemic threatening today’s children.”
This engaging new curriculum – jointly developed by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and pediatric dieticians -- includes lesson plans, resources, and videos aligned to national standards, for the K-2 and 3-5 grade bands.  The entire curriculum can be integrated into classroom instruction, but is also flexible enough that teachers can use the entire scope of resources or select the elements that best fit their needs.
Energy Balance 101 teacher resources are divided into four modules:
  • Module 1- Introduction to Energy Balance and how to make choices for an active, healthy lifestyle that fit individual needs
  • Module 2- Food Side of the Energy Balance Scale
  • Module 3- Physical Activity Side of the Energy Balance Scale
  • Module 4- Applying Energy Balance to Students’ Lives
Each module includes background information and tips helping teachers, especially those not experts in nutrition or physical education, understand the content, as well as dynamic activities and engaging Discovery Education digital media.  Family and community extension resources are also included, helping facilitate further learning beyond the classroom.
“NASPE dreams of a healthier nation in which all individuals are physically educated and participate in lifelong physical activity,” said Executive Director Charlene R. Burgeson. “This excellent new resource will help students achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day while having high energy and physical stamina.”
The announcement with Discovery Education comes on the heels of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between HWCF and the U.S. Army designed to combat childhood obesity, a problem that is increasing health risks among the nation’s youth and reducing the pool of available recruits for military service.  In May, HWCF announced the unprecedented partnership with Discovery Education and Parents magazine for the creation of these complimentary websites that provide information on healthy active lifestyles at school and home.  Along with First Lady Michelle Obama, HWCF food and beverage manufacturers also announced an historic agreement to reduce annual calories by 1.5 trillion by the end of 2015.
To access the Energy Balance 101 curriculum, visit

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education.  Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement.  Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services.  Explore the future of education at
  About National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
 The preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, administrators, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare professionals in these areas. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD).  For more information, visit 
About Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together over 110 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, sporting goods and insurance companies, restaurants, a professional sports association, trade associations, NGOs and the Army.  The Foundation focuses on activities in the schools, the workplace and the marketplace to promote healthy weight among Americans by balancing the energy they consume with the energy they expend through physical activity.
HWCF Members:
  1. 6KidsNFit
  2. American Council for Fitness and Nutrition Foundation
  3. American Dietetic Association Foundation
  4. American Wholesale Markets Association
  5. Ashley Shaffer, Miss New Jersey
  6. Association of Junior Leagues International
  7. Baby Goes Pro
  8. Be Active Florida
  9. Bio Vittoria Limited
  10. Brookshire Grocery Company
  11. Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  12. California Fresh Fundraisers LLC
  13. Campbell Soup Company
  14. CATCH
  15. Charles the Chef
  16. ConAgra Foods
  17. Core Wellness Life Coaching LLC
  18. Darden Restaurants
  19. Del Monte Foods
  20. Discovery Education
  21. Dish with Eileen
  22. Doctors Direct Healthcare
  23. Dream Dinners
  24. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
  25. Exercise is Medicine
  26. Exergame Fitness
  27. eXtension
  28. Festival Foods (Minnesota)
  29. Fields of Dreams
  30. FitCity, a division of Learning Well, Inc.
  31. Fitness Feria
  32. FoodCALC
  33. Food City
  34. Food Marketing Institute
  35. General Mills, Inc.
  36. GetSweaty
  37. Girl Scouts of the USA
  38. Global Dairy Platform
  39. Gonzalez Northgate Market
  40. Good Sports
  41. Grains for Health Foundation
  42. Grocery Manufacturers Association
  43. Harris Teeter, Inc.
  44. Hartley Brand (H & H Products Co.)
  45. Health-E-tips and JAM School Program
  46. Healthcorps (Health + Healing Network)
  47. Healthy Dining Finder
  48. Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  49. Hy-Vee, Inc.
  50. IFIC Foundation
  51. IGA, Inc.
  52. ILSI Research Foundation
  53. Institute of Food Technologists
  54. Jax Markets
  55. Kellogg Company
  56. Kraft Foods Inc.
  57. Len Saunders
  58. Mars, Incorporated
  59. Martin’s Supermarkets
  60. McCain Foods
  61. McCormick & Company, Inc.
  62. MEND
  63. National Association for Sport & Physical Education
  64. National Business Group on Health (channel partner on Your Wellness Advantage  portal)
  65. National Wildlife Federation
  66. Nestlé USA
  67. NFL Play 60
  68. ‘nPlay
  69. Nutralife
  70. Our Park Place
  71. Outdoor Foundation
  72. Passport to Health
  73. Paul Pierce’s The Truth on Health
  74. PE4life
  75. PepsiCo Foundation
  76. PepsiCo, Inc.
  77. Pink Lady America LLC
  78. Playworld Systems
  79. Price Chopper
  80. Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition
  81. PureCircle Limited
  82. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  83. Ralston Foods/Post Foods, LLC (Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.)
  84. Redner’s Markets, Inc.
  85. Road Runners Club of America
  86. Safeway Inc.
  87. Sara Lee Corporation
  88. Schnuck Markets, Inc.
  89. Shannon Miller, 7 Time Olympic Medalist
  90. Shop Rite of Hunterdon Co., Inc.
  91. Skogen’s Festival Foods
  92. Snack Foods Association
  93. SPARK
  94. Tate & Lyle
  95. The Balancing Act
  96. The Coca-Cola Company
  97. The Hershey Company
  98. The J.M. Smucker Company
  99. The National Activity Plan
  100. The National Theatre for Children
  101. The PGA of America (The Professional Golfers’ Association of  America)
  102. The Sports Authority
  103. Tommy the Tomato
  104. TOPS Club, Inc.
  105. TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  106. Unilever
  107. United Supermarkets, Ltd.
  108. U.S. Army
  109. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  110. U.S. National Physical Activity Plan
  111. USA Rugby
  112. Wakefern Food Corporation
  113. W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  114. WalkStyles, Inc.
  115. Women Impacting Public Policy

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