WW Wellness Impact Award | WW Canada

Wellness Impact Award
Wellness Impact Award

Health access is a human right. It’s a core WeightWatchers® belief, but not all communities have access to the resources they need to live a healthy life. To help fight systemic injustice faced by marginalized groups, the WW Wellness Impact Award empowers organizations that are breaking down barriers to health in communities of colour.

Congratulations to our 2023 Winner!

Shelley Cares Foundation

This incredible organization works to fight hunger and provide safe, healthy food to youth, families, and seniors in Canada.

Learn more about their work →

Meet our past honourees

2022 Winner
| 2021 Winner

The “Why” Behind the Award

For the third-annual WW Wellness Impact Award, we’re channeling the boundary-breaking energy of our founder, Jean Nidetch. In 1963—more than 10 years before a woman could get a credit card without her husband’s permission—Jean founded WeightWatchers to help members take control of their health.

Now, as part of our 60th anniversary celebration, we’re honouring her legacy by amplifying female-founded organizations dedicated to improving the health of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. One organization will receive a $25,000 grant.

Are you part of an organization? Apply for the award now!

What we’re looking for in an organization

Community-centered: Focusing on the distinct needs of the community served, by integrating community voice and lived experience into all efforts

Barrier-breaking: Addressing one or multiple barriers to health for Black, Indigenous, and communities of colour

Impactful: Centering on tangibly improving the lives and well-being of individuals and communities using an evidence-based approach

The details

Eligible organizations must:

  • Be a 501(c3), fiscally sponsored organization or mutual aid organization without political or religious affiliation located in Canada.
  • Be female-founded in honour of WeightWatchers’ founder, Jean Nidetch.
  • Be substantially run by BIPOC leadership or a BIPOC leader.
  • Submit only one application per organization.

All grants will be selected at the sole discretion of WeightWatchers. Grant funds cannot be used for any political or lobbying purposes. Additionally, WeightWatchers reserves the right to request additional information from applicants as part of the application process.

Get started

Awards timeline

May 26: Nomination window closes.

July 11: Application window closes.

July 24: Award recipient notified.

Week of July 31: Award recipient announced.

Questions? We have answers!

If you don’t see your question answered below, shoot us an email us at wwgoodcanada@ww.com with the subject line Canada - Wellness Impact Award.

If you need assistance completing the application, email us at wwgoodcanada@ww.com.

No, WW members and non-WW members are eligible to apply.

Please fill out the WW Wellness Impact Award nomination form found here.

Yes! Anyone can nominate an organization using the form here. Additionally, the application is open to any organization—regardless of their affiliation to WW—so feel free to share the application information with the organization directly.

No, only organizations registered in Canada are eligible for the 2023 WW Wellness Impact Award. However, the US will be running their own market-specific version of the award!

Yes, organizations will need to fill out an application. If you have a relationship with the organization, feel free to send them the application directly. Otherwise, our team will follow up with qualified organizations during the application period.

Nominations can be submitted from May 10 until May 26.

Please contact wwgoodcanada@ww.com. We will do our best to respond within 72 hours.

Yes! We’d love for you to apply again. For context, WW Good will select a different focus area for the WW Wellness Impact Award each year. So if you meet the eligibility criteria in a subsequent award year, you will be eligible to apply regardless of previous application status.

After all applications are submitted, WW Good evaluates all applications based on the criteria listed on the website and selects one award recipient.

No! If your organization is a 501c3, fiscally sponsored organization, or mutual aid organization with no political or religious affiliations located within Canada, we encourage you to apply.

The $25,000 grant can be used towards program, operating and/or marketing costs. The funds may not be used for lobbying or political purposes.

Please submit a corrected application through the application portal and email wwgoodcanada@ww.com with subject line Corrected Application: Organization Name

Please contact wwgoodcanada@ww.com. We will do our best to respond within 72 hours.

Applications will be accepted until midnight ET on July 11, 2023

  • Submit founder bio, organization description, logo, and 2-3 photos for WW marketing by July 25.
  • Provide approvals on promotional content (Expected time commitment: 5 hours total)
  • Submit necessary financial documentation, including a WW-provided invoice and supplier form by July 31.
  • Participate in potential media requests, including member engagement opportunities (Expected time commitment: 5-10 hours total)

All organizations based in Canada are eligible to apply through the links provided above.