The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a national organization that is truly making a difference in children’s lives. With their singular focus to turn the tide on childhood obesity, they have assembled an outstanding staff…with a can do attitude. As the health education and wellness administrator for one of the largest school district’s in the U.S., I can emphatically say the quality of the Alliance’s free products/service that I have received from this nonprofit has exceeded my expectations. And to my delight, the response to each of my requests from any staff member is always, “absolutely!” With schools across the nation feeling the strain of this economic downturn, this organization has created a system of support at no cost to help all schools establish a culture of wellness. While the Alliance encourages baby steps, they also recognize all levels of achievement through their success stories and other recognitions. And most importantly, their on target framework was recently validated through the Weight of the Nation report, book, and television series. When reading through the book, each recommendation had the fingerprints of the Alliance’s social-ecological approach to reduce childhood obesity. I am fortunate to have the resources of this outstanding organization and believe they need to recognized for all they have accomplished!
I am a physical education teacher who has worked with the Alliance for the past 6 years. Through these years, my school, community and county has improved tremendously. Through the help of the Alliance I have noticed differences in the students and staff members' attitudes toward health. Our school's BMIs have dropped and our activity levels have increased. The Alliance paid for our entire county's health workshops for 4 of these years to train representatives from each school on how to improve physical activity, physical education, employee wellness, and much more. We owe a ton to the Alliance and will continue to work with them for many more years to come.
Review from Guidestar
Our school has worked closely with the Alliance for the past three years and I personally have had the opportunity to serve as the Missouri Ambassador for the Alliance. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has helped to create a lifestyle change in our school and community. We have worked very hard at creating a healthy place for our kids to learn, live and play with the help of the Alliance along the way. We have made policy changes regarding wellness, created new playgrounds for safe play, purchased salad bars that are introducing students to fresh fruits and vegetables, implemented walking clubs and brain breaks and after school intramurals for more physical activity along with many other positive changes. The attitude and environment of our school and little town is changing. Wellness is becoming a well known word, when three years ago no one was quite sure what that word looked like. We are very grateful to the Alliance for the part they have played in this change. Their ongoing support and resources have helped to make many of these changes possible for our kids. Thank you Alliance for partnering with us to create healthier students, one step at a time!
Review from Guidestar
This organization uses its children to present an image that they are helping people. They really just use the money to line the pockets of their top leadership. More money should be going to support the kids and their efforts instead of in leadership travel, personal cell phone reimbursements as well as work cell phones, and lavish spending on many of New York's boutique hotels, just to name a few. The question should be asked of what is this organization really doing to combat the obesity epidemic! Currently they are just riding on the coat tails of the First Lady's successful Let's Move Campaign. I won't be contributing again and I would encourage others to really ask the tough questions of this organization! This is a direct failure from the CEO on down.
The Alliance is consistently ranked by Guidestar as a top charity because of its efficient use of donor dollars. Over 81% of every dollar goes directly to Alliance programs that reduce child-obesity and increase healthy habits for kids. Every investment in the Alliance helps to serve more than 17 million children, more than 30, 000 schools, 6,300 out-of-school time sites and 56,000 doctors’ offices across the country. The Alliance achieved these milestones under the leadership of CEO, Dr. Howell Wechsler, formerly of the CDC, who resides in New York City (at his own expense), from where he effectively manages the organization and lends great expertise to the cause of improving children’s health. Learn more from the Alliance’s Annual Impact Report: https://www.healthiergeneration.org/about_us/annual_impact_report/
I'm 18 years old and used the Alliance's guidelines to make my school healthier. I wrote an article in my school's newpaper about how the junk food in the vending machine needed to go and then I mentioned the Alliance and the program that can help schools. After two years, we finally got a vending machines that are healthier and I just graduated feeling like I helped to make a difference in my school. Thanks, Alliance for a Healthier Generation!
This organization has helped our school become a healthier environment. Our students and staff are both more aware of the importance of healthy eating and exercise. The healthier generation has definitely made our school a better place.