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Childhood Obesity: It’s Time To Think Outside the Box

by Lisa Gable | March 20, 2014 at 11:28 am | comments

It’s hard to believe, but only 3.8% of U.S. elementary schools offer daily physical education classes for their young students, and only nine states require that elementary schools offer recess. How can this be? As any parent knows, the chance to have kids run around and burn up some of their boundless excess energy is good for their bodies AND their minds. To deprive children of that opportunity is to

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Halting the Rise of Obesity by 2020

by Lisa Gable | January 28, 2014 at 8:46 am | comments

Every day, Americans take in an average of 100 calories more per day than they need. If we reduce that number, we can halt the rise of obesity by 2020. In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015. On January 9, 2014,

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Working Together to Help Reduce Obesity

by Lisa Gable | January 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm | comments

It may be no surprise to learn that American’s waistlines have been steadily expanding in recent decades – more than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and 70 percent are overweight. Twenty percent of children in the U.S. are estimated to be obese. We’re taking the steps to involve as many stakeholders as possible to create the solution, from parents and schools to food and beverage companies, retailers, non-governmental organizations

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Beyond the Net

by Lisa Gable | October 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm | comments

Looks of bemusement were displayed across the faces of the 7-9 year old Haitian Jacmel United Futball Club (JUFC) players when my 15 year old daughter handed out their first toothbrushes and proceeded to demonstrate usage.  Giggles erupted when she explained tongue brushing and heads shook solemnly during her admonitions to use clean water and never share. In addition to support services, Goals Beyond the Net gives JUFC team members

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Darden Restaurants Make the Change

by Lisa Gable | September 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm | comments

By now you may have heard the great news that Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest full-service restaurant company and owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, has vowed to reduce calories and sodium in their meals and provide greater variety on its children’s menus. During the press conference last Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama praised Darden for this “breakthrough moment” and doing something to fight obesity that no restaurant

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 05:  Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club on October 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. The news conference was held to announce the launch of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an effort by various food and drink companies try to help reduce obesity.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Head of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recognized by Forbes for Role in Fight Against Childhood Obesity

by Lisa Gable | August 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm | comments

Congratulations to Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWFJ), for being recognized on Forbes’ list of The World’s Most Powerful Black Women for her leadership in the fight against childhood obesity.  RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.  We applaud Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey’s dedication to helping all children and families eat well and move

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Together Counts: Where Healthy Habits Mean an Active, Healthy Lifestyle

by Lisa Gable | August 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | comments

On behalf of the Together Counts™ team and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, I want to welcome you to a fresh resource about living a balanced life, from people like you and families like yours. We’re starting with the personal stories of the folks working behind the scenes to bring families together through activities and mealtimes. In the coming weeks you’ll be hearing from our ambassadors- people facing challenges that

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