Jennifer L. Owens
President & CEO



Thank you to our staff, board of directors, advisory council, donors, and all the frontline educators, youth, parents and partners that make up the amazing HealthMPowers community. Your support meant more this year than you know. 

I hope you’ll scroll through this report and be inspired by the communities that we champion. We have a long way to go, but I am proud of all we accomplished. I am most proud of our team’s unwavering hope and determination to achieve a future where all children have access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active.

Who We Are

HealthMPowers implements sustainable programming focused on increasing access to and promoting nutrition and physical activity education. We partner with educators, youth leaders, school nutrition staff and community partners at all levels to deliver trainings, services and resources that educate and ignite a passion for health in children. 

Our program model spans a multi-year partner relationship that’s built on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s evidence-based guidelines for assessing and expanding health and wellness. Over the past 20 years, it’s proven highly effective in helping children and families make healthier decisions like consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables and getting more physical activity. 

Our Impact


Early Care and Education (ECE)

Health Empowered ECE sites are deeply committed to fostering
and modeling behaviors that support healthy growth and development.


Empowering Health Habits

  • 95% of children met national recommendations for fruit consumption
    91% of children met national guidelines for physical activity
  • 90% of children met national recommendations for water consumption

Transforming Environmemts

  • Early care and education sites implemented 153 new policies, systems and environmental changes and processes to improve nutrition and physical activity

Elementary Schools

Every Health Empowered school is backed by coaching and support
that lasts throughout the relationship.


Empowering Healthy Habits

  • 61% of students consumed 2+ fruits per day, compared with 40% of students nationally 
  • 27% of students met vegetable consumption recommendations of 3+ per day, compared with 7% nationally 
  • 45% of students participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days per week 
  • 41% of students consumed water four or more times during the day

Transforming Environments

  • School health teams implemented a total of 134 new policies, systems and environmental changes and processes to improve nutrition and physical activity 


Potter Street Elementary Student Health Advocates Motivate Peers


Student Health Advocates (SHAs) at Potter Street Elementary School (Bainbridge) decided to tackle the problem of students not getting enough physical activity outside of PE during the school day. To get started, they created and distributed a pre-survey to all students to evaluate their current physical activity levels.

Next, they collaborated with teachers to encourage students to participate in physical activity breaks in the classroom. Students were also given handouts with tips and ideas on incorporating physical activity into the day. The program’s final step was to create an activity log for each student to fill out weekly.

The Student Health Advocates collected the logs each week and used them, along with the post-survey, to evaluate the results of their project. The project was a success! Almost 40 percent of students in the post-survey reported that they’d increased physical activity to three to five times a week, up from pre-survey results of vary rarely or never and one to two times a week.


Family Engagement

Reaching families is a critical part of empowering healthy habits for children. Last year, “Weekly Wellness” text messaging reached 1,666 new participants. The text resources and reminders empowered family members to model healthy physical activities and good nutrition to their children. 

Empowering Healthy Habits in Families

After participating in the Early Care and Education family text messaging program:

  • 63% of families plan to eat more vegetables and 42% plan to eat more fruits 
  • 55% of families plan to be more physically active 

After participating in the Elementary family text messaging program:

  • 67% of families plan to eat more vegetables and 53% plan to eat more fruits 
  • 67% of families plan to be more physically active 

Secondary Schools

At Health Empowered schools, every day is a pep rally for health as
students encourage each other to eat, drink and move!


Empowering Healthy Habits

  • 34% of students consumed 2+ fruits per day, compared with 7% of students nationally 
  • 15% of students met vegetable consumption recommendations of 3+ per day, compared with 2% nationally 
  • 66% of students participated in classroom physical activity at least five days a week 
  • 34% of students consumed water 4 or more times during the day 

Transforming Environments

  • School health teams implemented a total of 78 new policies, systems and environmental changes and processes to improve nutrition and physical activity 
  •  29 schools created a Student Health Advocate team to implement a plan for improving healthy eating or physical activity supports 
  • 831 Student Health Advocates were trained to promote improvements in healthy eating and physical activity in their schools 


Carrollton Junior High Students “Pass It On”

Student Health Advocates at Carrollton Jr. High
School in front of the Pass It On Pantry


Amid the challenges and uncertainties confronting the world due to the pandemic, Carrollton Jr. High School Student Health Advocates (SHA) decided to take matters into their own hands to uplift their fellow students. During winter, COVID-19 numbers had risen, and faculty, staff, students and parents had no idea what the next week would bring. With so many “what ifs,” the SHA students at Carrolton decided to act to positively impact their school. 

They decided on a name and presented the plan to the school nutrition coordinator. Once the plan was authorized, all schools in the system had implemented a “Pass It On Pantry.”

As of May 2021, a “Pass It on Pantry” has been implemented in all schools within Carrollton Junior High School system.

During these times of uncertainty, we need happiness and optimism, and the Carrollton Jr. High School SHA students delivered that and more by successfully creating a positive change in their school.

A group of 30 Student Health Advocates, with the help of school Principal, Travis Thomaston, drafted a plan to start a pantry to benefit all students.

Out of School Time (OST)

At Health Empowered out of school time sites, youth are getting
more chances to develop and grow healthy habits.


Empowering Healthy Habits

  • 63% of youth consumed 2+ fruits per day 
  • 24% of youth met vegetable consumption recommendations of 3+ per day 
  • 32% of youth participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 5 days per week 
  • 51% of youth consumed water at least once during the day 

Transforming Environments

  • Out of school time sites implemented a total of 67 new policies, systems and environmental changes and process to improve nutrition and physical activity 


We work alongside local community partners, store retailers, farmers,
and food pantries to build healthy communities.

Taste Testing Participants
Event Participants

Empowering Healthy Habits

  • 73% children and families met fruit consumption recommendations of 2+ per day 
  • 82% of children and families met vegetable consumption recommendations of 3+ per day 
  • 91% of children and families consumed water at least once during a day

Transforming Environments

  • Community sites implemented a total of 23 new policies, systems and environmental changes and processes to improve nutrition 

Cooking Matters Makes Big Impact


Louise Radloff Middle School Parent Coordinator, Judy Ruiz, did not realize the impact she’d have when she agreed to participate in HealthMPowers’ Cooking Matters program. Cooking Matters, a six-week-long course, provides free, virtual cooking classes once a week. Participants learn the ins and outs of budgeting and cooking a healthy meal for a family of four for under $10. A total of eight Radloff families participated.

Most attendees were Spanish speaking, and Judy provided interpretation on every call for the entire six weeks so that every family could participate with no language barrier.

One parent shared this about the program, “Thank you for sharing good recipes for our kids. I speak very little English, but this is a great opportunity to practice.” 

Special Programs

Power Up for 30 is a statewide initiative to integrate 30 minutes of physical activity every day for every student. Last year, HealthMPowers partnered with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Shape, and the Georgia Department of Education to facilitate Power Up for 30 trainings, build -out engaging new resources and motivate audiences across the state to get moving! Our Power Up for 30 efforts impacted 3,365 youth and 232 educators and staff across Georgia. 

Since Georgia’s adoption of a statewide fitness assessment known as FitnessGram, HealthMPowers has partnered with Georgia Shape and the Georgia Departments of Public Health and Education to provide ongoing training to Physical Education (PE) teachers to administer the assessment. The assessment is a powerful tool to help schools, students and parents measure heart health. Our efforts last year to train and implement FitnessGram impacted over 27,000 youth. 

Girls Empowering Movement (GEM), the program, designed by girls for girls, guides middle-school-aged girls to develop a love for and leadership capacity to implement physical activity programs in their schools, afterschool clubs, and communities. The program is led by a statewide leadership team comprised of 14 middle school girls, HealthMPowers, Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia, Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia, and The University of West Georgia—all working together to create the next evolution of physical activity programs for middle school girls. 

Aligned with the Georgia Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment, the Reach for the Stars Learning Collaborative is a statewide training series designed to transform wellness policies and practices within early care and education settings to create healthy environments for children, staff, and families. Participants received up to 30 Bright from the Start training hours, nutrition and physical activity resources and materials, technical assistance and mentoring, and provider-specific nutrition and physical activity assessment reporting.  In 2021 alone, this five-month course impacted 2,937 students and families, 459 staff, 231 classrooms, and 40 early care and education sites across 24 counties statewide. Ultimately, nearly all participating sites made measurable improvements in the health and wellness of their students and staff. 

Our Supporters


Corporate & Community Funding

Amazon Smile 
American Heart Association 
Arketi Group 
The Athlete’s Foot 
Atlanta Office Liquidators, Inc. 
Blue Sky Specialties LLC 
Community Health Charities 
Constellation, An Exelon Company 
The Dairy Alliance 
Georgia Center for Nonprofits 
Georgia Department of Public Health
General Mills

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
Hall County Public Schools 
Isakson Living, Inc. 
Jackson Healthcare 
Kroger Community Rewards 
McClure Health Sciences High School 
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University 
The Piedmont Bank 
The Robert and Charlene Alvarez Family Fund 
University of West Georgia 
YMCA of Coastal Georgia 




Jesse Parker Williams Foundation


Founding Partners

Individual Donors

Amanda Adams 
Afshan Ali 
Diane Allensworth 
Angelina Allums 
Amalie Alvarez 
Bonnie Anderson 
Forrest Ann Anderson 
Jessica Andrews-
Dione Ansah 
Annie Appleton 
Keith Bahun 
Dianne Baker 
Susan Balogh 
Shannon Barrett-Williams 
Steven Barton  
Jason Bernstein 
Emily Blanton 
Kristy Bond 
Greg Bradley 
Larry Bradner 
William Bulpitt 
Roy Burnette 
Mary Butler 
Taifa S Butler 
Michael Callahan 
Randall Carroll  
John Carter 
Jeannie Cave 
Kendall Charlton 
Brad Childress 
Jodi Cobb 
Myeisha Coggins 
Kelly Combs  
Thomas Crawford  
Jeannie Davis 
Shelle Deal 
Stephanie Deal 
Kirk Diamond 
Gail Doherty 
Jeannine Doherty 
Raschell Downer 
Cathy Durand-Horne  
Chris Eagle 
Aimee Edwards 
Lee Ann Else 
Michael Elting
Alyssa Fast 

Susan Fochtmann 
Patrick Folz 
McCord Frampton 
Dean Fronk  
Megan Fulks 
Elaine Furlong 
Lindsey Garland- Padget  
Andrew Ghertner 
Charles Ginden 
Erica Glasener- Goldstein 
Suzanne and James Glenn 
Roger Godwin 
Courtney Goershel 
Beverly Greene 
Sarah Gregory 
Ellen Griffin 
Dana Griffith 
Justin Grimsley 
Kelly Grunewald 
Carmen Guadagno 
Lois Gunson 
Heather Hale 
Laura Hall  
Gerry Halphen 
Christy Halphen 
Debbie Harriss 
Timothy Hazelrig  
Pat Hickok 
Thomas Hislop Jr 
Kenna Ho 
Jasmine Hoffman 
Dawne Hood 
Sequoya Howard 
Karen Hyland 
E. Andrew Isakson 
Regina Jackson 
Bela Jacobson 
Rufus Johns 
Mary Johnson 
Christopher Johnson 
Scott Johnson 
Karen Jordan 
Christi and Larry Kay 
Scott Kelley 
Debra Kibbe 
Howard Kids
Delilah Landrum 

Michael Lawson 
Jennifer Leal 
Katie Lee 
Loreal LeGate 
Frank LeGate 
Massiel LeGate 
Denys Lu 
Casey Martinez de Andino 
Sonny Mcbride 
Therese Mcguire 
Dasia McKinnon 
Elizabeth McMahon 
Riley McMullan 
Dave Meinzenbach 
Jack Meinzenbach 
Francys Mesa 
Jim and Pam Metzler 
Maureen Metzler 
Theresa and Mike Metzler 
Adria Meyer 
Steven Meyers 
Barbara Miller 
Michelle Miller 
Marsha Moffitt 
Lauren Moore 
Ken Morris 
Nicole Mosley 
Marc Mosley 
Eryka Murray 
Lauren Neumann 
J Michael Neumeier 
Myrtle Neumeier 
Shanda Neumeier 
Donna Newsome 
Sharon Newton 
William Nichols  
Georgian Ortiz 
Gigi O’Shea 
Jennifer L. Owens 
Leslie Owens 
Dennis Patterson 
Keith Perkey 
David and Patty Perkey 
Bob Peterson 
La’Niyah Philpot 
Mr. Alan Pogue 
Anthony Portress 
William Potts-Datema 
Emma Prince 
Ben Pugh

Anaise Quirindongo 
Steven Raber 
Jill Reckamp 
Mary Reid 
Heather Rice 
Joseph Robb 
Jennifer Rueter 
Debbie Rupp 
Jeannette Russo  
Emma Sanders 
Kimberly Santijanna 
Curtis Saueressig 
Gregory Saueressig 
Caroline Schick 
Frances Schick 
Kim Schick 
Rebecca Schick 
Marian Scopa 
Danielle Scudder 
Julie Self 
Dustin Sergent 
Karen Siener 
Allison Simmons 
Reid Simmons 
Erin Smith 
Rex Smith 
Temple Smith 
Michael Sorrow 
Karen Spaeth 
Laura Stammer 
Christopher Stewart 
Debbi Sumner 
Jason Taylor 
Lauren Tejkl 
Sonya Tinsley 
Keyanna Townsend 
Jeremy Triplett 
Chuck Truett 
Robert Vernay  
Heather Voight 
Valinda Voight 
Chuck and Shirley Wall 
Scott Waterman 
Rhonda Welch 
David Wiley 
Cynthia Williams 
Scott Wilmeth 
Douglas Wilson 
David Woodhead 
Mary Ann Zegers 

Our Staff


Danielle Adamson 
Amalie Alvarez 
Bonnie Anderson 
Forrest Ann Anderson 
Dianne Baker 
Susan Balogh 
Kristy Bond 
Kendall Charlton 
Myeisha Coggins 
Shelle Deal 
Suzanne Doherty Glenn 
Raschell Downer 
Cathy Durand-Horne 
Natasha Ealey 
Aimee Edwards 
Lee Ann Else 
Haley Erickson 
Akilah Flowers
Megan Fulks

Dana Griffith 
Carmen Preston 
Kenna Ho 
Sequoya Howard 
Kristina Hyland 
Regina Jackson 
Brandon Johnson 
Christi Kay 
Debbie Kohne 
Greg Lafortune 
Audi Lahijani 
Delilah Landrum 
Crystal Lazarus 
Casey Martinez de Andino 
Dasia Mckinnon
Adria Meyer
Michelle Miller
Barbara Miller
Eryka Murray

Jennifer Owens 
Keisa Portress 
Emma Prince 
Anaise Quirindongo 
Heather Rice 
Kimberly Santijanna 
Caroline Schick 
Danielle Scudder 
Dustin Sergent 
Meggie Stewart 
Chris Stewart 
Keyanna Townsend 
Chuck Truett 
Olivia Tyler 
Alexis Upshaw  
Crystal Wheatley 

Board of Directors

Executive Officers

Board Chair 
Loreal LeGate 
Executive Director

Vice Chair 
Kelly Combs 
Anthem, Inc 
Execution Director 

Amanda Adams 
Cherry Bekaert LLP 
Managing Director 

Corporate Secretary 
Kirk Diamond 
Cushman & Wakefield 
Executive Managing Director

Andrew Isakson 
Isakson Living 
Managing Partner 

Mary Johnson 


Afshan Ali, Jackson & Coker
Christopher Johnson, Brightlane Partners
Curtis Saueressig, KPMG LLP
Denys Lu, Emory University
Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Emory Global Health Institute
Elizabeth McMahon, Prophet
Gerry Halphen, Launch Consulting
Jasmine Hoffman, Emory University
Justin Grimsley, Chick-Fil-A
Keith Perkey, Haskell
Laura Stammer, Appollo Bookkeeping Service, LLC
Nicole Mosely, McClure Health Science High School
Pat Hickok, Atlanta Embroidery & Twill
Sonya Tinsley-Hook, Deloitte Services, LP

Annual Expenses

$0.91 of every $1.00
goes to health programs


Cash and Cash Equivalents $2,678,540 
Grants Receivable $847,331
Contributions and Pledges Receivable $1,550
Employee Retention Credit Receivable $144,081
Prepaid Expense $4,591
Property and Equipment, Net $23,541
Other Assets $6,627
Total Assets $3,706,261


Accounts Payable and Accrued Expense $395,251
Due to Partner Organizations $493,775
Total Liabilities $889,026

Net Assets

Without Donor Restrictions $2,817,235
With Donor Restrictions  
Total Net Assets $2,817,235
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $3,706,261

Support & Revenue

SNAP-Ed Grant Revenue $4,316,741
Employee Retention Credit Revenue $349,047
Foundation Grant Revenue $540,102
Program Services $150,119
Contributions and Bequests $108,629
Interest Income $2,259
Gains on Sale $15,200
Total Support and Revenue $5,482,097


Program Services $4,885,094
Management and General $358,736
Fundraising $100,762
Total Expense $5,344,592

Other Documentation

FY20 990