EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation

About Us

We are EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc.

And our mission is to eradicate childhood obesity throughout the United States.

We are a not-for-profit, exclusively charitable foundation dedicated to ending childhood obesity. We strive to use and develop technology-based strategies to reduce childhood obesity in the United States.
 
Our team aims to provide health education, research, and access to nutrition care services, particularly to underserved communities and youth. We believe that proper nutrition education promotes better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle, which in turn can help the prevention and treatment of obesity. 
Board of Directors and Executives
Dr. George L. Blackburn
Dr. George L. Blackburn(February 12, 1936-February 20, 2017) had joined EChO as a Director. He was the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Nutrition and Associate Director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Nutritional/Metabolism Laboratory; and Director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine in the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery. He was also Director of the Feihe Nutrition Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Blackburn’s research included the role of fatty acids and proteins on energy biochemistry, the nutrient effects of bioactive components on cellular and molecular function, the metabolic correlates of weight loss following surgical treatment of obesity, and brain- and cognition-based therapies to enhance eating control in pathological conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. 
Dr. Steven Heymsfield
Dr. Steven Heymsfield joins the board of EChO as a Director. He is Professor and George A. Bray Jr. Chair in Nutrition at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (Louisiana State University) where he was also Executive Director from 2010 until 2013. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; completed his residency at Emory University; became Deputy Director of the New York Obesity Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, New York; and was Executive Director and Global Director of Scientific Affairs for the Obesity group at Merck & Co. Dr. Heymsfield's research focuses primarily on human obesity, including energy balance regulation, weight loss treatments, co-morbidity effects, and development of related mathematical models.
Dr. Eric Rimm
Dr. Eric Rimm joins the board of EChO as a Director. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and also a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.  His research group has specific interests both in the study of modifiable lifestyle choices (e.g. diet and physical activity)  in relation to cardiovascular disease as well as the translation of these findings into public health interventions that are effective for schoolchildren, adults and the food insecure.  He has previously served on the scientific advisory committee for the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  He has published more than 450 peer reviewed publications during his 20 years on the faculty at Harvard.  Dr. Rimm is an associate editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Epidemiology.   He also was awarded the 2012 American Society for Nutrition General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award.
Laurent Adamowicz
Laurent Adamowicz, founder and President of EChO, has valued healthy eating choices since growing up in Paris, and working in the food industry in France and in the United States. He formerly managed as Chairman & CEO a food company that encompassed operations in 34 countries and had two hundred chefs. Laurent Adamowicz obtained a Master in Business Administration from Wharton and a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York. While he was a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2010 and 2011 he founded Bon’App to implement his vision of improving access to, and quality of, nutrition education. As the corporation matured, it became clear that a separate not-for-profit trajectory existed apart from the core operations of Bon’App, particularly given the research opportunities available to a not-for-profit corporation seeking to apply the software to research endeavors and implementation of effective programs to reduce childhood obesity. Hence, the creation of EChO – Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation. While the two entities share a historical tie, their missions and activities are completely distinct.
Pastor Raymond Jetson
Pastor Raymond Jetson joins as Vice President of EChO. He is the fourth pastor of Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a Bachelor’s and Masters' degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary. He served as state representative for District 61 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has also served as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, as well as CEO of the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps. In 2010 he served as a fellow with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard, and he has also served as chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Transit and the Baton Rouge Coalition on transit reform
Neeraja Krishnaswamy
Neeraja Krishnaswamy joins as Clerk of EChO. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s in Public Health from Brown University.  Neeraja previously worked in the non-profit sector, where her efforts went towards improving public health locally and globally.  Her projects included working to bridge the gap in healthcare between the Native American reservations and the greater state system in Arizona, and introducing a community health program to help HIV infected drug-users in Kenya.  She then transitioned to the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, where she worked at Decision Resources Group as a business consultant. She currently works at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals with their Business Intelligence & Analytics Group.