A Message From Our CEO
Dear Alliance Friends:
I hope this letter finds you well and you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer. It’s a busy time for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as we start another school year.
You may have recently heard news about the restructuring of the Clinton Foundation, which, along with the American Heart Association, founded the Alliance in 2005. I wanted to be sure you heard from me, directly, that the Alliance will continue business as usual; since 2010, we have been an independent national non-profit (501c3) organization with our own Board of Directors. Neither the American Heart Association nor the Clinton Foundation have governing control over Alliance Board of Director decisions.
As many of you know, the Alliance celebrated our 10-year anniversary last year. While we celebrated that incredible milestone, we also went through a rigorous planning process to review and refocus our work. Our new five-year strategic plan will drive the Alliance’s continued commitment to work with schools, communities and businesses to ensure the environments that surround young people provide and promote good health.
The Alliance will continue to focus on two key factors that prevent obesity in children – healthy eating and physical activity – while also expanding to support a more holistic approach to health promotion. As our new strategic plan outlines, we are focused on four fundamental strategies to improve child health:
Making Community Environments Healthier
Helping schools and youth-serving organizations adopt, implement and sustain evidence-based policies and practices that support healthy eating and physical activity among children.
Informing Public Policy
Informing local, tribal, state and federal policy efforts that promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools and youth-serving organizations.
Making the Marketplace Healthier
Creating innovative business sector solutions to reduce barriers and reinforce enablers to healthy eating and physical activity.
Addressing Related Health Issues through Partnerships
Exploring strategic partnerships with organizations addressing complementary facets of childhood health to help schools and youth-serving organizations adopt and implement key health policies and practices that we have not addressed before.
We are incredibly proud of the impact our work has had on more than 25 million young people. Research studies have documented the strong impact Alliance programs and initiatives have had on nutrition environments and child obesity rates.
We look forward to continuing this critical work with YOU— the network of incredible funders, partners, schools, afterschool programs, companies, healthcare professionals, families and so many more people who are just as passionate about kids’ health as we are.
Most importantly, I want to thank you for your continued commitment and passion for this work. Together, we are ensuring that the next generation will be a healthier generation.
Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Alliance for a Healthier Generation