We Believe in Innovation, Partnership and Social Action

As exclusive providers of MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition Do It!) programs in North America, we are part of the largest and most researched system of child weight management programs in the world. Our multidisciplinary team has designed, delivered and supported expert-developed programs and services that empower children and their families to improve their health, fitness and self-esteem by managing their weight in a sustainable way.

Key MEND highlights since 2000:

•  More than 100,000 children and parents supported
•  Over 8,000 Leaders and other professionals trained in child weight management in 7 countries
•  Over $45 million in funding secured from more than 350 organizations
•  Worked with 15 respected international academic institutions, resulting in more than 35 publications
•  Featured in local, regional and national print, online and TV publications
•  USPSTF and AAP-compliant and aligned to expert recommendations internationally

Teresa Earle

T is HWP’s Executive Director and a co-founder. T lives in the hills of Southern California with a menagerie including her daughter and a rescue pup road warrior called Violet.

Philippa Evans

As our Program Support Specialist, Philippa trains and assists community coordinators and organizers to get set up and run MEND programs in their communities. Her biggest activity pastimes are cycling in the countryside and walking along beaches

Brian Finnerty

Brian co-founded HWP and heads operations, development, and innovation. When he isn’t visiting partners or overseeing our team and specialist consultants, Brian looks for places to swim.


Adrienne Forman

Adrienne is a dietitian in New York City and our lead program developer for MEND programs. When she is not writing or editing MEND materials, Adrienne can often be found working out in the gym or taking long walks around the city with her hubby.


Ben Jones

As master trainer Ben develops HWP’s training programs and oversees our field training. With two girls and a bouncing baby boy this makes Ben very busy but he can often be found in the gym keeping up his energy.

Maria Kolotourou

Maria is a dietitian and has been researching child overweight and obesity and publishing papers in the field for many years. Maria analyzes all the data that families provide. Maria has 2 boys and is very smart.

Harry MacMillan

Harry is an HWP Director and co-founder. Active in MEND and public health for over 20 years Harry focuses on strategy and key partners. Having started running a few years ago he’s now thinking of learning to swim.

Dr. Paul Sacher

Paul is an HWP director, and co-founder. He is an applied behavioral scientist, a child health expert and creator of MEND programs. Paul oversees research, program development and digital health and loves his fur babies Chloë and Ivy.