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Gimme Five: Meredith Wise


As the new Digital Communications Strategist at Netcentric Campaigns, Meredith is joining the team as an integral part of the network’s efforts to highlight successes in the movement and share resources and news with leaders through Inside Track. Please join us in welcoming Meredith to! Check out her PreventObesity profile to connect with Meredith.

Name: Meredith Wise
Title: Digital Communications Strategist
Organization: Netcentric Campaigns

What inspired you to start working on childhood obesity?

My extended family is full of small children and seeing them healthy and happy is always encouraging! Being involved with allows me the opportunity to help others make sure their kids are healthy and happy too. On a more personal note, I’d like to have kids of my own one day. Before that time comes I want to make sure that I know how to best care for my kids and raise them to be health-conscious and active.

How are you helping to reverse childhood obesity?

I’ll be writing about issues that are central to the movement to reduce childhood obesity and encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle overall. I hope that what I write really hits home with our community! I also hope that I can help spread important information and interesting news through this network and beyond.

What’s your biggest accomplishment so far in helping reduce childhood obesity?

Since I’m the newest member of the Netcentric Campaigns and teams, I can’t claim any victories just yet. But I’m excited to see what this team of Leaders and Supporters can achieve in the future!

Who is your role model in your work?

I’d definitely have to say my mother. She’s been an elementary school special education teacher her entire career. When I was in high school, she went back to school to get a masters’ degree that has allowed her the opportunity to become the principal of an elementary school in my hometown. As a principal, she helps her students make good, healthy decisions and as a mother, she always encouraged me to be active.

What game or sport did you play growing up?

I did a lot of different sports growing up because I loved making new friends and being active! My main activities were dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. I also played basketball, soccer and roller hockey.


Each week, our own Prarthana Gurung speaks with a Leader to get a quick look at why he or she loves working to create healthy environments for kids. Want to take part? Visit Prarthana’s profile and contact her.