WORCESTER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) today announced a $12,000 donation to Friendly House, a non-profit organization addressing the ever-changing need to provide adequate nutritional programming for youth. The donation builds on HFF’s global Casa Herbalife program, which already provides more than $3 million in funding and volunteer assistance each year to more than 130 organizations worldwide.
According to The Center for Disease Control, a recent Massachusetts High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed that 29.4% of youth described themselves as slightly or very overweight. To respond to this challenge, Friendly House has developed its F.U.N (Fitness and Understanding Nutrition) Program. The F.U.N Program is designed to address this challenge and the donation will help the Friendly House program contribute to the city’s overall efforts to improve nutrition and eating habits in the area.
“The Herbalife Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world by providing access to healthy nutrition,” said Robyn Browning, executive director of the Herbalife Family Foundation. “We are proud to announce this new partnership with Friendly House and look forward to seeing the positive impact we can make in the Worcester community as we continue to provide nutrition education services to at-risk youth.”
The F.U.N Program goals and objectives are to improve academics, build character, promote healthy lifestyles, appreciate diversity and embrace service learning. Program participants will be actively engaged in workshops which develop the youth's knowledge and skills as it relates to making healthy lifestyle choices in regards to exercise and nutrition.
“We are so honored to receive this donation to establish the first Casa Herbalife in this part of Massachusetts,” said Gordon Hargrove, executive director of Family House. “Our goal at the Friendly House is to create an environment where our children feel safe and have access to healthy living values that will serve them well in adulthood. This donation is significant because it will help us build that environment.”
The donation was announced today at a special event featuring executives and children from Friendly House, Herbalife executives and Herbalife independent distributors and Boston Bruins alumni. It will support Friendly House's F.U.N program and nutritional initiatives.
As part of the collaboration, the region’s vulnerable youth will have improved access to better nutrition and be placed on a path to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle.
The Casa Herbalife Program was established in 2005 to help bring good nutrition to children living in orphanages, using after school centers, and other non-profit facilities around the world tasked with helping underserved young people. In addition to the annual financial grants made by the Herbalife Family Foundation, the organizations receive local financial and volunteer support from Distributors as well as Herbalife employees.
About Herbalife Family Foundation
Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) is a 501C(3), non-profit corporation devoted to providing good nutrition and nutrition education to the world’s children. HFF partners with over 130 programs, supporting tens of thousands of children’s healthy growth and development every day. We are committed to ensuring children are provided with good nutrition for a brighter future. HFF also often supports relief efforts in response to natural disasters. For more information about HFF and how you can support the children in our programs, visit www.herbalifefamilyfoundation.org.
About Friendly House
Friendly House was founded "for the educational, social and family betterment of residents of the City of Worcester." Friendly House/Settlement house (multi-service center) works with entire families both nuclear and extended, as an integrating force for the families and the Neighborhood(s) it serves. Friendly House provides a continuum of comprehensive coordinated neighborhood basic services to inner-city families.