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Back to School Resources from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

It’s that time of year again: Back to School.  As a partner in the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Back to School is about more than new routines and new teachers.  It’s about the opportunity to form new habits and remind our selves and our schools about the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle.

In addition to offering hundreds of free, standards-based lesson plans online at www.TogetherCounts.com, HWCF uses its vast membership to host three separate annual sweepstakes and grant challenges, each of which focuses on providing schools the resources they need to encourage healthy activity.

Many schools around the country are dealing with budget cuts, leaving run down playgrounds and PE equipment neglected.  If your school could use a brand new playground, be sure and enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes. Two grand-prize winners, one of which is designated for a Title 1 school, will get a new playground from Playworld Systems plus $30,000 in prizes!  Three additional schools will receive a $5,000 grant. This sweepstakes is open to parents, grandparents, teachers—so share the news about how to enter with your friends and family.

If your school is participating in the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge, it’s easy to enter to win one of three cash grants for your school from HWCF. The Grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to enhance physical education equipment or food service programs. The second place winner will receive $2,000 and third place prize winners will receive $1,000 plus a certificate for training from National Food Service Management Institute.

Lastly, HWCF is launching a new and improved Find Your Balance Challenge, a grant program that encourages schools to enact energy balance programs in the classroom.  The grand-prize winning school will receive $30,000 in prizes, an Ultimate Energy Balance Party for the entire school, and the teacher who leads the winning team with receive five-night stay at the Wyndham Resort of her choice!!!  Five other prizes will be awarded as well, two runners-up schools will receive a $10,000 grant and three third-prize wining schools will receive a $5,000 grant. For inspiration, share the video success story with a teacher or group of students today!

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – enter your school today!

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