Schools Balance Positive Lifestyles Choices with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

January 8, 2016

The New Year brings new opportunities for schools in Georgia to get their students on track for a healthy lifestyle.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is supporting Healthy Weight Month and encourages Georgians to live a healthy, active lifestyle – no matter their age.

One organization making strides to encourage youth to live healthy is the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a Power Up for 30 Resource Champion and a partner to Georgia Shape, the Governor’s Childhood Obesity Initiative.

This foundation organizes the national Together Counts program, which aims to improve exercise and nutrition for children. The concept that drives this program is Energy Balance, a principle that encourages youth to balance the calories they consume with the calories they burn.                                                                                                                                                         

“We continue to be committed to promoting even more creative ways to teach children about the importance of balancing daily physical activity with nutrition, decision making and the connection between being healthy and self-esteem,” said Lisa Gable, president of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.

Working together with Georgia Shape as a Champion listed in the Power Up for 30 Resource Guide, the foundation provides resources that empower schools, teachers, parents and community leaders to foster healthy habits among youth.

The foundation provides access to free resources that help adults teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade about healthy lifestyle choices and physical activity. It also extends opportunities for schools to apply for grants for playground makeovers.

Through its free Energy Balance curriculum, teachers and students are provided a road map on how to make healthy food and physical activity choices every day – whether students are learning in a traditional school environment or through home school.

“We are grateful for Georgia Shape and all the teachers and parents of Georgia who recognize the importance of the Together Counts program and educating children about active, healthy living,” said Gable. “We are proud to be a Power Up for 30 Champion Resource!”

For more information on the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Together Counts program or grant opportunities, visit www.healthyweightcommit.org.

To learn more about Georgia Shape and Power Up for 30, visit www.georgiashape.org

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