The leaves are changing, pumpkins are carved, and people all over the country are making plans for Thanksgiving. The holidays are a great time to reflect on our blessings – family, friends, and the opportunity around us.
We are associate members of Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an organization dedicated to the fight against childhood obesity. Their goal is to reach families and schools with an easy to understand message of “energy balance,” all in hopes of each child understanding what it takes to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.
In the spirit of giving back, HWCF has formed a partnership with HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Teenagers are able engage their community by reaching out to local schools on behalf of HWCF. These high school students earn service time by encouraging schools to enter HWCF’s second annual Find Your Balance Challenge, where elementary school teams identify ways to make simple, healthy changes in their schools. Teams all over the US are working together with their school’s stakeholders to write an action plan and take steps to improve energy balance, and HOSA students are serving as valuable mentors.
It is this kind of community engagement that will truly make a difference in the lives of students. Fighting obesity is a group effort. Success will be the result of people from all communities and experiences working together, and we are grateful to be a part of that work with HWCF.
In the spirit of the season, check out all of the ways HWCF is rewarding schools for healthy change. The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes and the Find Your Balance Challenge are open through January 31st. Give back to a school in your community by encouraging parents and teachers to enter.