In her role as honorary chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America, First Lady Michelle Obama today announced that former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will serve as honorary vice chairs of the partnership as it begins its work to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity.
A nine-member board of directors, chaired by Dr. James R. Gavin, III, will govern the organization. Gavin is CEO and chief medical officer of Healing Our Village, Inc., a health communication corporation working to change the health care system to improve health in medically underserved populations. He also is a clinical professor of medicine at both Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
The independent, nonpartisan partnership launched earlier this year to bring together the public, private and nonprofit leaders who must be part of the movement; to secure their sustained, measurable commitments to reversing the epidemic; and to track the impact of those commitments.
The partnership aims to advance progress toward the goals of the first lady’s Let’s Move campaign to curb childhood obesity within a generation.
Building on a long and successful track record of working together to create healthier communities, schools and child-care settings and prevent childhood obesity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Nemours, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation worked together on the idea of the partnership, including how to provide startup funding and other support. These organizations are the founding members of the partnership. The Brookings Institution and Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, LLP also have provided advice and operational support for the startup and development of the organization.