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Becky Johnson, Executive Director, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

Becky Johnson
Executive Director
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

Q: Please tell us a little about yourself, your background and your position.

I am the Executive Director of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. In 2009, I joined the Foundation and along with Lisa Gable, the former president, I helped launch the organization. In March I took over as Executive Director following Gable’s departure. I am thrilled about continuing this great work fighting childhood obesity.

Before joining the Foundation, I worked in the U.S. Government. I started my work at the U.S. Department of Commerce working for then Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. I then worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and finished out my government service back at Commerce where I was the Director of Scheduling for the Secretary.

While I have lived in the Washington DC area for over a decade, I grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and still consider it home.

Q: How did you become involved with the Army?

A: In 2010 the Foundation signed an MOU with the U.S. Army Accessions Command (now Army Marketing and Research Group) to partner together on readiness issues. Since then, we have been a part of the Strengthening America’s Youth Committee. In 2015, I was able to attend the U.S. Army All American Bowl as a guest.

Q: What has been your most interesting or memorable experience or interaction with the U.S. Army?

A: While attending the All American Bowl, I had the honor of meeting Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry who is truly an American hero. Additionally, I went sky diving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights – the best in the world. While this was an exhilarating experience, I think once was enough.

Q: Why do you feel military service should be considered a viable post-secondary option?

A: While the U.S. Army certainly protects and defends America’s interests abroad, they are continuously researching, innovating and developing solutions that can be implemented on and off the battlefield. If someone joins the U.S. Army they will not only develop leadership skills that can be used at home, they also have the opportunity to gain unique real-world experience that simply is not available through most post-secondary options. Additionally, while providing these added benefits and skills, the U.S. Army also encourages and supports service members who choose to pursue post-secondary degrees.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to support the Army as a leader in your community?

A: The U.S. Army plays an essential role in developing future leaders that make a difference at a community level. Additionally, from a health perspective, the U.S. Army provides positive role models for America’s youth. So, at the Foundation we think it is essential that we work with the U.S. Army to help ensure they have a healthy future.

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