The mission of Energy Up! is to fight teenage obesity and to prevent type 2 diabetes and other diseases associated with poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle, particularly in disadvantaged teens by redefining what “healthy” really means and changing the mindset of how we look at food, and its place in a vibrant society.
Energy Up! focuses on the belief that wholesome lifestyle habits acquired as a teenager provide a lifetime of benefits in the form of weight control, reduced health risks, and greater self-esteem.
The Energy Up! program educates and motivates teenagers to make healthier food and lifestyle choices by forging a strong emotional connection, in a manner that is Fun, Exciting and Energetic to promote positive physical, mental, emotional and social development.
Energy Up! is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that runs its unique program in schools (public and private) in socio-economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. This one-of-a-kind program has been so successful that it was written up in the Journal of Adolescent Health as a revolutionary new way to promote teen weight control and self esteem.
Energy Up! celebrates 12 years of success at Mother Cabrini High School and Young Women’s Leadership Network schools in NYC. Our esteemed healthcare partners include: Columbia Medical Center, NY Parks and Recreation, NY Health Department, Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Hospital.