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EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc.

 1770 Massachusetts Avenue, #118
 Cambridge, MA 02138
[P] (917) 488-5202
[F] --
http://echoforgood.org/
[email protected]
Laurent Adamowicz
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INCORPORATED: 2015
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 47-3827624

LAST UPDATED: 11/27/2017
Organization DBA EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. is to eradicate childhood obesity throughout the United States and build healthier lives using evidence-based research to drive nutritional education.  

Mission Statement

The mission of EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. is to eradicate childhood obesity throughout the United States and build healthier lives using evidence-based research to drive nutritional education.  

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $110,000.00
Projected Expense $110,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • SugAR Poke: the first augmented reality app for public health

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. is to eradicate childhood obesity throughout the United States and build healthier lives using evidence-based research to drive nutritional education.  

Background Statement

EChO Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to ending childhood obesity through health education, research, and technology, particularly to underserved communities and youth. Since its establishment in 2015, EChO has created several novel initiatives to serve the needs of children in the Boston/Cambridge community. The organization works closely with partner organizations such as Pandora Reality, The Daily Table, Codman Health Center, Eureka Ensemble, and Cellar Door Labs, to successfully launch such initiatives. 

Impact Statement

EChO is the founder of the Universal Cooking and Nutrition Education (U-CANE) movement to encourage the U.S. public school system to reform their curriculum to include mandatory cooking and nutrition classes from kindergarten to medical school. Additionally, EChO has partnered with local composers and Boston-based Eureka Ensemble to create an educational opera about food and nutrition for families in the Boston/Cambridge, MA area. As an innovative musical performance, the opera will tell children a story of characters discovering the benefits of healthy foods through instruments, singing, and narration. The first performance will be held in early spring 2018 in Dorchester, MA at the Codman Square Health Center.  Most recently, EChO launched a free augmented reality app, SugAR Poke, to provide consumers reliable, transparent information about how much added sugar is in the processed foods they consume. EChO partnered with Pandora Reality, a software development firm based in New York, to create SugAR Poke. The product uses augmented reality technology to show users in real-time how much added sugar is in the product, in an effort to empower children and their families to choose healthier foods. As the consumer scans the front label of a product using SugAR Poke, a label appears, revealing the amount of added sugar in the food. The bi-color coding used by SugAR Poke is simple: a GREEN label equals zero added sugar in the product; and a BLACK label indicates there is added sugar, and how much. The amount of sugar is labeled in teaspoons, which is easy for consumers to visualize and understand. Moreover, the label represents the amount of added sugar for the entire bottle, as serving sizes can often be deceiving to the consumer. EChO plans to develop SugAR Poke further by increasing accuracy of the app, adding gamification features to make the app more appealing to children, and expanding the app database to cover all process foods in the United States. 

Needs Statement

The current priority for EChO is to continue development and expansion of the free augmented reality app, SugAR Poke. More specifically, financial support is needed in order for developers to scale up the SugAR Poke database coverage for over 100,000 SKUs. Developers will also improve SugAR Poke's augmented reality technology system, to improve image recognition speed and product identification accuracy. Further needs involve gathering and conducting an app and website analysis to determine how and when users interact with SugAR Poke. Users will also be offered to complete surveys to gain information on app usage and food purchasing behaviors. To encourage peer review of the SugAR Poke app, the organization plans to publish collected data, feedback, download rates, and other pertinent information in nutrition, technology, or other professional journals. 

CEO Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
The key audience for EChO are children and their families, particularly from lower income backgrounds and/or minority populations. Initiatives focus on local communities in the Greater Boston Area. Data show an estimated 104,000 children living in the Boston region. According to the Boston Public Health Commission, 39.8% of Boston children age 11-17 are overweight or obese compared to only 28.5% of Massachusetts children and 29.9% of children nationwide.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Research Institutes & Public Policy Analysis
  2. Health Care - Public Health
  3. Science & Technology - Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

SugAR Poke: the first augmented reality app for public health

EChO aims to reduce consumption of added sugar in processed foods with its free augmented reality app, SugAR Poke. The app promotes the consumption of food with no or low added sugar and provides nutrition education to combat childhood obesity. The program is novel in several ways:1. SugAR Poke is the first AR app designed specifically for improving public health by directly aiding children and adults in accessing healthy foods. 2. The units used in SugAR Poke are teaspoons of added sugar, not grams. Grams are confusing to many consumers; teaspoons are easier to visualize.  3. The bi-color coding used by SugAR Poke is simple: a GREEN label equals zero added sugar in a product; and a BLACK label indicates there is added sugar, and how much. 4. The number of teaspoons indicated is for the entire food package or bottle, not for a single serving size, which can be misleading for consumers
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Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  SugAR Poke has successfully launched on the Apple App Store, and is available for free download to all. The app database consists of 15 salad dressings, and is able to successfully identify the amount of added sugar in those 15 products.
Program Long-Term Success  Children and their families now have access to a free, fun, and powerful tool to help them make healthier choices while food shopping. SugAR Poke will empower users to make informed decisions about the food they consume, and will raise awareness about the health risks associated with consuming added sugar. As a result, SugAR Poke users will purchase fewer foods containing added sugar and ultimately consume less added sugar.
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Examples of Program Success  As of September 15th 2017, there was approximately 2,000 downloads on the Apple app store. 

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Laurent Adamowicz
CEO Term Start Apr 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Pastor Raymond Jetson Vice President 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

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
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Governance


Board Chair Mr Laurent Adamowicz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder/President
Board Chair Term Apr 2015 -
Board Co-Chair Dr. Eric Rimm
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation arvard School of Public Health
Board Co-Chair Term Apr 2015 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Laurent Adamowicz EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. --
Dr. Eric B. Rimm USDA Dietary Guidelines Commission --

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Advisory Board Members

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Pastor Raymond Jetson Star Hill Church --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 0
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

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Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
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Constituency Includes Client Representation No

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $110,000.00
Projected Expense $110,000.00
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Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in 2015, as such, there is no income to report per the IRS Form 990-EZ above.

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