Kidz Bite Back founder Dewey Caruthers is a national public health and education strategist. He has worked on prevention education campaigns that are among the most successful in the nation in addressing the top public health epidemics of tobacco and obesity.
Caruthers is president of dewey & associates, a Tampa Bay, Florida-based firm that specializes in obesity prevention, juvenile justice reform and education reform. dewey & associates operates Kidz Bite Back with a small team of staff and consultants.
Prior to starting dewey & associates and Kidz Bite Back, Caruthers served as the director of marketing, public relations and public relations for the American Heart Association, Florida Affiliate. In this role, he worked on a wide array of health issues related to school, workplace and community health.
In other roles, he worked on national ‘truth’ anti-tobacco campaign while it was being conceived. He served as Chief Strategist for West Virginia teen tobacco prevention campaign, as well as a consultant to numerous other state campaigns. Read more about how his work with the anti-tobacco campaigns has influenced Kidz Bite Back on the Who We Are page.
He’s a strong advocate for research that simply shows healthy youth perform better academically. He speaks at various national and regional conferences, including:
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- National Association of School Boards (NASB), Southern Region
- National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)
- The Southern Obesity Summit
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Caruthers is a father of two girls: 10 year-old Violet and seven-year-old Scarlet. They have 17 tropical fish in Gulfport, Florida, which is a small beach community near St. Petersburg. Caruthers was born and raised in West Virginia.
For more information about Caruthers, visit dewey & associates’ website.