Com­pet­ing for a healthy makeover

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

Here at Out­liers, we share in the grow­ing con­cern that as Amer­ica’s schools are forced to tighten their belts by cut­ting phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and health pro­grams, Amer­ica’s students are be­ing forced to loosen their own as a re­sult of the missed in­struc­tion and ac­tiv­ity.

Join­ing in that con­cern is a group of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and health or­ga­ni­za­tions that is fo­cus­ing on the dearth of healthy-liv­ing ed­u­ca­tion in schools with a com­pe­ti­tion that will kick off in Septem­ber, Na­tional Child­hood Obe­sity Aware­ness Month.

The Healthy School Makeover com­pe­ti­tion calls for video sub­mis­sions from pri­mary and sec­ondary schools throughout the coun­try ex­plain­ing why their school needs a healthy makeover, and how they will im­prove the healthy liv­ing of their stu­dent body.

The win­ning school will be cho­sen by a panel of judges, and golfer Annika Soren­stam will present the school with the grand prize, $45,000 worth of phys-ed train­ing and equip­ment. “Bud­get cuts continue to neg­a­tively im­pact health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams,” Paul Rosen­gard, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Spark, says in a news re­lease. “The Healthy School Makeover Con­test will trans­form one lo­ca­tion into a model healthy school, and we hope it will spark count­less oth­ers to fol­low suit.”

Spark, a pub­lic health or­ga­ni­za­tion that fo­cuses on phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and af­ter-school pro­grams, is manag­ing the con­test. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at­choolCon­test.

The win­ning school will get $45,000

in phys-ed train­ing and equip­ment.

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