We Believe in Innovation, Partnership and Social Action
As exclusive representatives 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-compliant and aligned to expert recommendations internationally
T is head of marketing and sales and a co-founder of HWP. T lives in the hills of Southern California with a menagerie including her daughter Frankie and a Gizmo looking dog named Violet.
As operations development manager, Philippa trains and assists community coordinators and organizers to set up, run and develop local strategies for running programs in communities. Philippa’s biggest love is diving with manta rays.
Brian is a co-founder of 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 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.
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 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 is HWP’s managing director and co-founder. Active in MEND and public health for over 15 years Harry focuses on key partners. Having started running a few years ago he’s now thinking of learning to swim.
As project and knowledge manager, Kate makes sure that everyone running HWP’s programs have all their kits and stuff, project manages our development, and keeps everyone very organized. Kate has way too much energy and runs a lot.
Dr. Paul Sacher
Dr. Paul is HWP’s product and science director, and co-founder. He is a specialist pediatric dietitian, child health expert and the creator of MEND programs. Dr. Paul does the big science, program development and digital transformation stuff and loves his fur baby Chloë.
Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH
Kathy is a retired professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine, and a long time and active MEND booster. She brings her experience and medical perspective to consult with HWP on varied projects. Kathy lives near Minneapolis, where she pursues myriad interests.