Giving Back While Getting Fit
Action Against Hunger and Weight Watchers address two very different epidemics: hunger and obesity.
But beneath their different aims and approaches, they share a common purpose: to improve the lives of people around the world through proper nutrition and healthier living. That’s why Action Against Hunger joined forces with Weight Watchers and Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to hunger relief in the United States, for the Lose for Good campaign.
Through Lose for Good, Weight Watchers asks its members to lose weight not just for themselves, but for the benefit of malnourished people the world over.
"Our partnership with Weight Watchers has been instrumental in raising awareness about how devastating acute malnutrition is." —Nan Dale, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger
“Lose For Good is designed to further inspire Weight Watchers members as they take the first step on a journey towards improving their well-being,” said David Kirchhoff, President and CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc. “In doing so, they will help others by converting their weight loss into another person’s gain.”
Here’s how it works. Weight Watchers commits to donating $250,000 for every million pounds lost during the campaign, up to a maximum of one million dollars. The 2009 campaign raised one million dollars (that’s four million pounds shed!), and another $23,500 through “Lose-A-Palooza,” a one-day social networking event that had the online community abuzz. Action Against Hunger netted over $300,000 for its life-saving programs, surpassing the amount raised in 2008 during the campaign’s inaugural year.
“Our partnership with Weight Watchers has been instrumental in raising awareness about how devastating acute malnutrition is and essential funding for our life-saving programs,” said Nan Dale, Executive Director of Action Against Hunger. “And, it’s gratifying that our joint efforts have helped inspire healthier lifestyles across this country.”
Lose for Good is just one example of how a humanitarian organization like Action Against Hunger can benefit from the experience and strong media presence of a company like Weight Watchers, which boasts over 1.4 million members and has become a household name.
At a time when global hunger is on the rise, Weight Watchers is making a huge difference in the lives of malnourished children and their families around the world.
Look for Lose for Good to return this fall with more brilliant reasons to lose weight. As shedding those extra pounds continues to be Americans’ most popular New Year’s resolution, Weight Watchers and Action Against Hunger are set to help thousands of people keep their pledges to get up, get fit, and give back.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.