January 1, 2016 – Columbia, SC – Today, Healthy Hands Cooking, in the battle against childhood obesity, is thrilled to announce its membership in USC/Columbia Technology Incubator to expand and improve its online training, certification, support, and class registration experience for its instructors and parents. “Our goal has always been to grow to 15,000 active certified cooking instructors in the U.S. in order to make a significant impact in this overwhelming health battle” states Jan Pinnington, Founder and CEO. “With the help of the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, we’ll have access to everything we need in the form of resources, connections, and advisory members to help guide us further into the local, regional, national, and global marketplace”.
“This is amazing. There is such a need for programs like this for children in communities everywhere. We look forward to offering the Incubator’s resources to help Healthy Hands Cooking grow its company and brand” remarks Bill Kirkland, Executive Director, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator.
Healthy Hands Cooking plans to take residence at the Incubator in early 2016 and will be participating in its events, activities and forums. “The success that the Incubator has had in taking local companies and ideas and helping them grow exponentially through today’s technology and online marketing, is one of the most exciting facets of this relationship” added Pinnington.
Some of the facts related to childhood obesity include:
- Obesity-related illnesses are a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs.[i]
- Obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents.[ii]
- In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.[iii]
- Childhood obesity can have complications for the physical, social and emotional well-being of your child.[iv]
Healthy Hands Cooking is a movement to fight childhood obesity by certifying and empowering moms (and other adults) to teach kids ages 2-13 about nutrition and healthy cooking through fun classes, camps, and birthday parties. This self-employment career opportunity is achieved via online education and support.
The USC/Columbia Technology Incubator has a mission to help innovative businesses grow by providing education, mentoring, and by creating a sense of community in an incubation facility that serves the midlands of South Carolina. Businesses that apply and join the Incubator have access to facilities and services including mentoring, business education, and networking events. The Incubator is home to nearly 50 companies.