Healthy weight foundation starts national campaign

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (H.W.C.F.) has launched a national campaign called the Together Counts program that encourages families to eat meals together and engage in physical activities together to help counter obesity and promote good health.

As part of the program, the H.W.C.F. said families will be provided with tools to track their progress and compare them with the results in their communities and across the United States. The program also will offer rewards and incentives to provide positive reinforcement. Families are encouraged to visit the Together Counts web site (, which will provide tips and advice that encourage participation, and a mobile app that will give participants access to log and track their progress anywhere.

“Families that eat together and share regular physical activities are happier and healthier,” said Lisa Gable, executive director of the H.W.C.F. “A family meal or a family activity is a teachable moment — an opportunity to pass on healthy habits to children. When families eat and engage in physical activity together, parents get the opportunity to teach in the most effective way possible — by example, on a regular basis.”

The Together Counts program fits into the objective set forth by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, which has issued a challenge to families to be among the first to achieve a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by committing to physical activity five days a week, for six weeks.

Together Counts is on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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