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20 Kids Making a Difference Join National Childhood Obesity Initiative

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation selects 20 of the country’s most exceptional kids to join Youth Advisory Board

(NEW YORK) July 23, 2014 – The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has selected 20 of the country’s most exceptional young people to join its Youth Advisory Board as Youth Ambassadors. The young people were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to health and wellness in their communities and reversing the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations working to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and empowering kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.  

The Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board distinguishes itself as one of the only youth-led advisory groups in the country focused on the issue of childhood obesity. Youth Ambassadors, who range in age from 9 to 17 and represent 18 states, serve as thought-leaders to both the Alliance and external stakeholders, offering valuable perspectives on childhood obesity.

Youth Ambassadors have shaped the national discourse on childhood obesity through major public speaking engagements on behalf of the Alliance. In the past year, youth ambassadors have been invited to speak by dozens of local and national organizations including The Aspen Institute, Boys and Girls Club of America, the Clinton Foundation, NBC News Education Nation, The Washington Post’s 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit and the White House.

In addition to their role as thought-leaders and public speakers, Youth Ambassadors develop a campaign to organize and activate their communities to support policies and programs to promote kids’ health and wellness.

“I just knew in my heart that I had to be a part of this board,” says May Phyo, age 16. “I have the determination and passion to make a difference and, with a boost from the Alliance, can do so much more beyond this little southwest town of Kansas to positively impact the health of many other people.”

“When youth have a role, they tend to be more involved,” says Bobby Sena, age 11. Having grown 4 community gardens and created 3 healthy clubs at school, “I actually get asked for advice by adults on ways they and their children can be active.”

“The Alliance believes that young people must have a seat at the table with adults to address the childhood obesity epidemic,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Our Youth Ambassadors are inspiring communities across the country to build healthier environments for their generation and many generations to come.”

The 2014-2015 Youth Ambassadors are:

  • Kaseir Archie, 17, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sophie Bernstein, 14, Clayton, MO
  • Patrick Binder, 17, Yankton, SD
  • Aisha Chebbi, 12, Miami, FL
  • Jodi Evans, 11, Bowie, MD
  • Farrah Hawkins, 9, Birmingham, AL
  • James Hoover, 15, Charlotte, NC
  • Nadya Khan, 13, Piscataway, NJ
  • Carter Kostler, 16, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Bodhi Lovely, 12, Russellville, AR
  • Isaac McFarland, 16, Keithville, LA
  • Erik Okino, 17, Los Alamitos, CA
  • May Phyo, 15, Garden City, KS
  • Faviola Ramirez, 16, Chicago, IL
  • Genna Ringler, 12, Versailles, KY
  • Bobby Sena, 11, Orlando, FL
  • Reagan Spomer, 10, Pierre, SD
  • Tyler Tucker, 15, Fitzgerald, GA
  • Shayna Underwood, 17, New Braunfels, TX
  • Bryan Zhang, 9, Indianapolis, IN


The fight against obesity requires contributions from kids, parents, schools, teachers, and communities. Visit to learn about the work of the Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board and discover what you can do to inspire kids to live healthier and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. To learn more and join the movement, visit



Kate Siskel
Alliance for a Healthier Generation                                                         

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