Our Program and Research Agenda:

A flood of factors in our daily lives contribute to the development of obesity. Like stacking sandbags in a levee to stop the flow of water, Turn the Tide Foundation creates programs to help stop the ravages of obesity.

We believe there is no one simple answer or fix – what will work to reverse this growing trend of obesity is a range of programs designed to be used in a variety of settings – schools, worksites, homes, doctor’s offices and more. Programs that are creative, yet simple to use, and programs that are available free of charge, so everyone can use them.

Programs currently available include:

ABC for Fitness© (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) program shows schools how to restructure physical activity into multiple, brief episodes of activity into classrooms throughout the day without taking away valuable time for classroom instruction.

A-B-E for Fitness (Activity Bursts Everywhere) offers a free video library of 3-8 minute activity bursts designed to help you move and exercise everywhere, everyday! The videos are organized by setting (office, home, waiting area) and the body region targeted, i.e. upper body, lower body.

The National Exchange for Weight Loss Resistance (NEWLR) is a web platform where people who are resistant to weight loss can exchange their experiences, tips, find support, and the latest and most reliable information about weight loss resistance. NEWLR offer a blog, a forum and a “Your Story” page. NEWLR is also a registry. The aim of the registry is to gather as much information as possible from individuals who experience weight loss resistance to better understand this condition.

Nutrition Detectives® “Teaching Kids to Make Healthy Choices” is an exciting nutrition education program for elementary school children that teaches kids to make healthy choices.

Nutrition Quality Labeling – The ONQI™ scoring system allows consumers to compare the nutritional quality of foods by giving each food a “nutrition quality score” that helps consumers see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food they buy. The ONQI is the foundation for the NuVal food scoring system now available in grocery stores around the country. For more information:

OWCH houses a state-of-the-art self-study program for clinicians in obesity/lifestyle counseling..

Promising Health Interventions Inventoried by a Network of Diverse Experts for Regional Application (PHINDER). In collaboration with the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Turn the Tide is pleased to make PHINDER, an online searchable database providing a clearinghouse of promising and best practice programs for health promotion/disease prevention in various settings, available to you.

Unjunk Yourself – our new program for tweens and teens – where health, empowerment, and righteous indignation make beautiful music together!

Other Program of Interest:

FoodFight’s Mission: FoodFight is a New York City based nonprofit that offers innovative nutrition education curriculum for high school students and teachers emphasizing critical concepts of food politics, media literacy and nutrition. FoodFight’s goal is to revolutionize the way students and educators think about food and its role in their lives.

My City Kitchen: My City Kitchen’s mission is to instill healthy eating habits, build self-esteem, foster a sense of belonging, establish basic life skills in our children so that they may grow into healthy adults. To teach kids about food, and food products. We hope to encourage kids to take a keen interest in what they eat, where the food comes from, and especially how to prepare it.