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HISTORY OF MEND

2000: A United Kingdom Success Story

The MEND program first began empowering children and families to live fitter, healthier and happier lives in 2000.

Developed in the United Kingdom (UK) by Harry MacMillan, Chief Executive Officer Healthy Weights Partnership Paul Sacher, a Specialist Paediatric Dietician, and Dr. Paul Chadwick, a Clinical and Health Psychologist, MEND was first launched as a pilot program by MEND Central.

The program was a success and funding was soon secured to implement MEND programs throughout the UK.

Now, other countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada have adopted MEND.

2011: MEND Comes to Canada

Alberta was the first Canadian province to launch MEND programs in 2011, followed by Saskatchewan in 2012, and British Columbia in 2013.

In January 2013, MEND Central launched the Healthy Weight Partnerships (HWP) to develop and implement MEND programs throughout North America.

The HWP, now part of the largest and most researched system of child weight management programs in the world, works closely with community-based, public, private, non-profit and academic organizations to reach families and communities in need of weight management.

Currently, HWP is responsible for the delivery and operation of over 320 MEND programs in North America.

2012: MEND SK Launches

MEND Central introduced the program to Saskatchewan at the 2009 Canadian Obesity Network Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta. Members of the Obesity Research Group, which is comprised of researchers and medical professionals from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, agreed MEND could work in Saskatchewan.

With generous funding from Saskatchewan Blue Cross and support from the College of Kinesiology at the U of S, MEND was launched in Saskatoon in August 2012.

Since then, the Community Initiatives Fund and SaskSport have provided funding to expand MEND SK across the province. Programs currently exist in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, La Ronge, White City and Muskoday First Nation.

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