NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexis Glick, a former Fox Business executive, Today anchor, financial executive and a mother of three, will bring extensive experience in branding, media and finance to an important new role: CEO of the Gen YOUth Foundation. This new nonprofit organization will give leaders in health, business, government and communities nationwide the opportunity to be a part of a movement that relies on participation, collaboration and action to reverse childhood obesity rates. The Foundation will launch on February 4 in Dallas at Super Bowl XLV.
"National Dairy Council is excited to announce Alexis as the new CEO of Gen YOUth Foundation," says Thomas P. Gallagher, Chairman of GenYOUth Foundation and CEO of Dairy Management Inc., the managing organization for National Dairy Council (NDC). "Her vast experience and relationships in the business world coupled with her experience as a mother positions her as a wonderful addition to help change the school environment through increasing opportunities for eating healthier and getting more physical activity."
"NFL is a proud partner of Fuel Up to Play 60 and we are pleased to have Alexis join the childhood obesity effort through this Foundation," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who is a Gen YOUth Foundation member. "Alexis' experience in building a brand and her roots in finance, business and media will help the organization expand its partnerships and further raise awareness about the importance of staying fit and eating right, especially for America's young people."
Gen YOUth Foundation will raise funds to support child health and wellness efforts, including its flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60. Launched in 2007 by NDC and NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60 is a customizable in-school program that empowers youth in more than 70,000 schools across the country to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. It encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (including low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
As CEO, Alexis will be responsible for coordinating public, private and health professional partnerships that bring together knowledge, resources and experience. With her leadership, the Gen YOUth Foundation will educate audiences on the seriousness and complexity of the childhood obesity epidemic and inspire action.
The Foundation is governed by an extensive Board of Directors representative of organizations across the public-private sectors, ranging from health, business, academic, sports and culinary professionals.
The Foundation board will meet twice a year and will participate in an annual dialog on childhood obesity with leading health professional organizations to identify sustainable solutions. Members include 16th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, known for first labeling childhood obesity an "epidemic;" National PTA President Charles Saylors; former NFL player and FOX Sports commentator Howie Long; Washington Post Senior Associate Editor Lally Weymouth; Top Chef All-Star Carla Hall; LALA USA CEO Steve McCormick; and Purdue University Foods and Nutrition Department Head Dr. Connie Weaver. As CEO, Alexis Glick will oversee the Board of Directors.
For more information about Gen YOUth Foundation, visit www.genyouthfoundation.org.
About Alexis Glick
Alexis Glick was Vice President of Fox Business News, where she helped launch the largest cable news network in history and anchored "Money for Breakfast" and "The Opening Bell."
She is a senior fellow for the Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the country; the organization is dedicated to education and entrepreneurship. Glick has become an emerging philanthropic leader. She is a strategic advisor to the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy created by Paul Newman, John C. Whitehead and Peter L. Malkin.
Throughout her career, Glick has interviewed some of the world's most recognized leaders and newsmakers across politics, business and sports, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Muhtar Kent and Tiger Woods, among others.
In addition to her consulting and advisory work for media and financial companies, Glick has become a frequent guest and contributor to many Network, Cable News and National radio stations. She travels across the country speaking about a range of topics including the fate of the U.S. economy, the political climate in Washington, D.C. and her personal journey from running a business on Wall Street to covering hurricanes, super bowls, presidential elections and the largest financial crisis of our lifetime.
Prior to joining Fox News, Glick was a correspondent for NBC News's "Today Show," where she co-anchored the third hour of the program with Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Ann Curry. Before joining "Today," she was the senior trading correspondent for CNBC and reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for CNBC's flagship morning program "Squawk Box."
Earlier in her career, Glick was an executive at Morgan Stanley where she headed floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange. A member of the New York Stock Exchange since 2002, she was the first and youngest woman to manage such an operation for a bulge bracket firm, and served as one of its top producers on the Listed Equity Trading Desk. She began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division.
Glick is a graduate of Columbia University and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Columbia College Alumni Association. In 2006 she was awarded Columbia's John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement. She's been featured in Metropolitan Home, W, Fortune, New York Magazine, Glamour, Men's Health, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times among others. She is the proud mother of three young boys.
About Gen YOUth Foundation
Today, over one-third of American children are either overweight or obese. If the trend continues, today's children may be the first generation with shorter life expectancies than their parents. In response to this epidemic, Gen YOUth Foundation was founded to inspire youth behavior change. Gen YOUth Foundation gives leaders in health, business, government and communities nationwide the opportunity to create a movement that relies on participation, collaboration and action to reverse childhood obesity rates. Gen YOUth Foundation will demonstrate that when youth are given a voice, change can happen. For more information, visit www.genyouthfoundation.org.
SOURCE Gen YOUth Foundation