The MEND program first began empowering children and families to live fitter, healthier and happier lives in 2002.
Developed in the United Kingdom (U.K.) by Paul Sacher, a Specialist Paediatric Dietician, and Dr. Paul Chadwick, a Clinical and Health Psychologist and a multidisciplinary team of experts, 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 U.K.
Now, other countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada have adopted MEND.
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, Healthy Weight Partnership, Inc. (HWP) was born to continue the important work started by MEND Central in developing and implementing MEND programs throughout North America.
As part of the largest and most researched system of child weight management programs in the world, HWP works closely with community-based, public, private, non-profit and academic organizations to reach families and communities in need of weight management.
HWP is responsible for supporting the delivery and operation of over 320 MEND programs across North America.
Since then, the Community Initiatives Fund and Sask Sport Inc. have provided funding to expand MEND SK across the province. MEND programs have been offered in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, La Ronge, White City, Assiniboia, St. Louis, Muskoday First Nation and Whitecap Dakota First Nations.