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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
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EIN 47-3827624

LAST UPDATED: 02/01/2019
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 »

EChO Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ending childhood obesity through health education, research, and access to nutrition care services, particularly to underserved low-income communities and youth. Research suggests that proper nutrition education promotes better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle that lead to the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Hence, in 2019, EChO aims to bring “A Sweet Fairy Tale” to all 2,744 schools of Massachusetts, via a multimedia experience. EChO designed a fully immersive program including the live performance and narration, a videotaping of the event from the Codman Square Health Center performance, brochures for children and their families, and posters for the schools.

Mission Statement

EChO Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ending childhood obesity through health education, research, and access to nutrition care services, particularly to underserved low-income communities and youth. Research suggests that proper nutrition education promotes better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle that lead to the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Hence, in 2019, EChO aims to bring “A Sweet Fairy Tale” to all 2,744 schools of Massachusetts, via a multimedia experience. EChO designed a fully immersive program including the live performance and narration, a videotaping of the event from the Codman Square Health Center performance, brochures for children and their families, and posters for the schools.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Income $0.00
Projected Expense $650,000.00

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  • A Sweet Fairy Tale

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Overview

Mission Statement

EChO Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ending childhood obesity through health education, research, and access to nutrition care services, particularly to underserved low-income communities and youth. Research suggests that proper nutrition education promotes better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle that lead to the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Hence, in 2019, EChO aims to bring “A Sweet Fairy Tale” to all 2,744 schools of Massachusetts, via a multimedia experience. EChO designed a fully immersive program including the live performance and narration, a videotaping of the event from the Codman Square Health Center performance, brochures for children and their families, and posters for the schools.


Background Statement

Founded in 2015, EChO is dedicated to ending childhood obesity in the United States. We develop technology-based strategies and integrate music and arts to provide health education, research, and access to nutrition care services to underserved communities and youth.

In 2017, EChO developed a novel idea to create an educational musical performance that would raise awareness of the dangers of added sugars. Through a lively and educational narrative, the audience will learn the dangers of added sugar and the benefits of eating healthy foods.

In 2018, EChO partnered with the Eureka Ensemble. Together, EChO Foundation and Eureka commissioned a musical performance titled “A Sweet Fairy Tale” to educate children and their families on the dangers of added sugar and promote good nutrition through a fun and engaging composition and narrative, with music adapted from Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."

The world premiere of this musical was successfully given at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester on October 13, 2018. It was well received by the Boston community and immediately followed by another live performance in Cambridge.

In Dorchester, EChO also organized (i) the distribution of a cash coupon to Daily Table to entice the audience to shop at either of their stores, (ii) a survey to track the audience’s eating habits and (iii) the signup for free cooking classes for children, parents, and families together.

In 2019, EChO aims to bring “A Sweet Fairy Tale” to all 2,744 schools of Massachusetts, via a multimedia experience. EChO designed a fully immersive program including the live performance and narration, a videotaping of the event from the Codman Square Health Center performance, brochures for children and their families, and posters for the schools.

In addition to this musical project, EChO developed the first mobile applications using augmented reality (AR) technology to help the public understand what added sugars are and how to avoid them for a healthier diet.

EChO also created an E-book for ‘no added sugar’ healthy recipes and an advertising campaign to ‘stop added sugars’ and promote healthy food choices for at-risk youth and families. Additionally, to better spread awareness about the dangers of added sugar and teach children and their families how to eat healthier, EChO established the Added Sugar Repository that is becoming the reference for identifying added sugar in processed foods.


Impact Statement

This past year EChO had their first performance on October 13, 2018. We have created The EChO Healthy Recipes e-book, including videos demonstrating recipes from the e-book. Another big accomplishment was the launch of our newest app SugAR Mon. In 2019 we aspire to have 10 performances throughout Massachusetts while creating a children's book and video animation based on the performance.

Needs Statement

With our mission in mind, we will roll out the production of our innovative multimedia performance which provides nutritional education to K-12 students and bring the experience to more children in all of Boston and other neighboring areas.
 
With $200, we can deliver multimedia nutrition education to one school of 400 children. With $3,000 will bring a live performance with 10 musicians, a conductor, and a narrator, and can engage the children to participate in creating the musical play for nutrition education. The annual funding will help us run 10 live performances in 2019 and reach out to 1.1 million K-12 children of MA.

 


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
The geographic area that EChO will serve in 2019 is the state of Massachusetts. EChO’s targeted population consists of the youth of Massachusetts, grades K-12, with priority given to low-income minorities - the population most at risk for diabetes and obesity and its consequences, including heart disease and certain types of cancers. EChO has been working with Codman Square Health Center where 87% of the patients live below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Nutrition
  2. Education - Educational Services
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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

A Sweet Fairy Tale

“A Sweet Fairy Tale” is a groundbreaking musical initiative designed to illustrate the benefits of healthy nutrition to children. This novel project is inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” and will consist of a commissioned musical composition that will represent different nutritional principles with specific instruments and musical motifs.

Through this performance, we will teach children about the dangers of added sugar in foods, and inspire them to make more nutrition-conscious food choices. To accomplish our goal of delivering the nutrition education through yet an unseen musical performance, our project will incorporate active learning strategies to enthrall and entertain the children. Live-performed music and narration will facilitate a more in-depth engagement and learning, and participation of the families in this musical narrative will ensure lasting effects in children’s daily lives and communities.

The production of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” has emerged through the partnership between EChO Foundation and Eureka Ensemble, an organization that uses classical music as a platform for social action and community engagement. We will also be collaborating with Daily Table, a nonprofit that offers affordable food options to the community, and with the Codman Square Health Center, a center that is committed to affordable, quality, primary, and preventive care in one of Boston’s most vulnerable communities. It is at this health center where our initial performance will take place and, therefore, directly impact the 22,000 patients served by the center. For our initial performance, we specifically choose this health center, located in the neighborhood of Boston that nests a large low-income community, because access to music and other arts is often limited in areas as such, and because low-income communities often suffer from conditions related to poor nutrition, such as obesity.

The inaugural performance of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” will target children and families in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, where income per capita averages $18,226 and the median household income is $30,419. Our project will benefit this underserved population, which tragically suffers from higher rates of obesity due to limited access to healthy food options and nutrition education.

The Daily Table, a not-for-profit retail group with stores in Dorchester and Roxbury, joins us in our quest to educate children on the value of nutrition. At the Daily Table, meals are priced at low rates to compete with fast food options, allowing families to eat healthier within their means. The Daily Table will provide coupons to “A Sweet Fairy Tale” attendees. To measure the impact of “A Sweet Fairy Tale,” we will use the coupons to analyze the attendees’ purchases and identify changes in food purchases. The Daily Table is only a five minute walk from the Codman Square Health Center.

Serving over 22,000 patients each year, the Codman Health Center will host the inaugural performance of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” on October 13th, 2018. By collaborating with the Codman Square Health Center and Daily Table, “A Sweet Fairy Tale” can give listeners not only the motivation to change their eating behaviors through an interactive presentation on nutrition education, but also tangible solutions to securing affordable healthy food options.
Budget  $86,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program Short-Term Success 

In the United States today,  of all children suffer from obesity. This generation of children is predicted to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. In Boston, according to 2013 Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) report, disproportionately more Latino and Black residents are poor, live in racially segregated neighborhoods, and suffer from the highest rates of obesity. Residents living in racially segregated neighborhoods generally have difficulty accessing supermarkets and affording healthier food options, while simultaneously they ”have easier access to cheap, unhealthy foods from an abundance of fast-food outlets and convenience stores" (BPHC, 2013).

Moreover, The American Community Survey of 2012-2016 showed that 21% of Boston residents live in poverty. Dorchester, being the largest and most multicultural neighborhoods of Boston, and one that is not gentrified, is home to a large low-income community. We serve communities of low-income minorities because they are the most affected by conditions related to poor nutrition, such as obesity, and therefore, we chose to hold our inaugural performance of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” in Dorchester. 

The initial performance of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” will target children and families in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, where income per capita averages $18,226 and the median household income is $30,419. Our project will benefit this underserved population, which tragically suffers from much higher rates of obesity due to a lack of access to adequate nutrition education and healthy food options. Consequently, bringing and incorporating stakeholders together in this project is the key ingredient for the success and lasting impact of our project.

Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail group that offers a variety of tasty, healthy, convenient and affordable foods sourced from growers, supermarkets, manufacturers, and other suppliers who donate their excess healthy food, or who provide them with special buying opportunities. Meals are priced to compete with fast food options, making it easier for families to eat healthier within their means. The Daily Table store in Dorchester is within 5-minute walking distance of Codman Square Health Center, which serves over 109,000 patients each year and where the inaugural performance of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” will take place on October 13th, 2018. The key audience for the inaugural performance are families that live in the areas immediately surrounding the Codman Square in Dorchester.

Program Long-Term Success 

By collaborating with the Codman Square Health Center and Daily Table, “A Sweet Fairy Tale” can give listeners not only the motivation to change their eating behaviors by making nutritional education interactive, but also tangible solutions to where and how to secure affordable healthy food options.

Furthermore, “A Sweet Fairy Tale," as well as other EChO—Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. projects emphasize nutrition education and help reduce the negative health outcomes that arise from obesity. The uniqueness of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” is embodied in the creative approach to nutrition education as we combine an educational narrative with classical music, and also in the entrustment of the local resources engaged in this project.

Program Success Monitored By 

During our inaugural performance, as well as during our prospective sequential performances, we will collect qualitative data by conducting interviews with the audienceboth young and old. Our intention is to see not just whether the audience enjoyed the performance, but also whether the audience de-coded the important messages, which are:

1. Excess added sugar is an addictive substance that can cause disruptions in behavior and health;

2. Food from nature, such as fruits and vegetables are healthy .

In addition to the interviews, we will collect quantitative data during the inaugural and prospective sequential performances through surveys to assess the baseline nutritional knowledge, as well as, subsequently, the information the audience has learned and whether the members of the audience are planning to make changes in their diet.

Separately, we will also conduct interviews with prospective actors in “A Sweet Fairy Tale.” We will have a pre-assessment interview before we begin rehearsals and a follow-up interview after the inaugural performance to gain insight on what acting members learned through participation in this project.

Finally, to multiply the desired outcome to positively influence the audience to make healthier food choices, we plan to create a video recording/animation of the performance to reach wider audiences. We will be contacting schools in Boston, MA area first and invite them to host a screening of “A Sweet Fairy Tale” in their classrooms. Questionnaires (pre and post assessment forms) supplementary to the video will be included and mandatory for students to fill out accordinglybefore and after the screening of “A Sweet Fairy Tale.” We will collect this additional quantitative data for analysis.


Examples of Program Success  The program has not been implemented yet, but there will be a preview of "A Sweet Fairy Tale" in the fall of 2018. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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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

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Dr. Steven Heymsfield -- --
Mr. Raymond Jetson -- --
Ms. Neeraja Krishnaswamy -- --
Ms. Kathy McManus -- --
Dr. Eric Rimm -- --

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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition (CNC)

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Collaborations

To create this radically new approach to nutrition education, EChO has partnered with Eureka Ensemble, another non-profit based in Cambridge, MA who uses classical music as a platform for social action and community engagement. Together, they co-commissioned “A Sweet Fairy Tale.” Other EChO partners include Cambridge Community Center, Daily Table, and the Codman Square Health Center.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 7
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
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Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
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Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
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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
Mr. Laurent Adamowicz EChO - Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation, Inc. --
Dr. Steven Heymsfield Pennington Biomedical Research Center --
Mr. Raymond Jetson MetroMorphosis --
Ms. Kathy McManus Brigham and Women’s Hospital --
Dr. Eric B. Rimm Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health --

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

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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, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Income $0.00
Projected Expense $650,000.00
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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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