Win $25,000 for Your School’s Youth Fitness Program

by SKHC Editor on August 20, 2010

The Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit campaign is being supported by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) with a capstone contest that offers a grand prize of $25,000 in “fitness cash.” The campaign was just launched for this fall and encourages parents, students, teachers, and community members to nominate their schools for the grand prize. The prize reflects the urgency of school children’s problems with fitness and obesity, as well as the current school budget crisis. This campaign is meant to ensure that youth fitness doesn’t fall out of school curriculum when it’s most needed.

How to Enter

You can submit a nomination online by answering the following question: “What would your school do with $25,000 to improve youth fitness?” The fitness cash is meant to be used toward providing enhanced health and fitness education, equipment, technology, resources, and services that pertain to encouraging youth fitness, so responses should reflect these goals in a creative and convincing argument. The essay can be no longer than 700 words, and finalists will be given Flip cameras to create brief videos that bring their essays to life. These videos will be posted online and Henkel consumers will vote to choose the winner, which will be announced in January of 2011. Essay entries must be submitted by September 30 for consideration.

How ACE is Helping

To show its support for the Henkel campaign, ACE is now offering a free Operation FitKids curriculum. This curriculum can be downloaded in PDF format by teachers who want to improve the integration of health and fitness in classroom learning. It includes seven lessons and comes in two different formats: one for grades 3-5 and the other for grades 6-8. The lessons aim to teach students about the dangers of being overweight and the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. As parents, it may be helpful to make sure that your children’s teachers are aware of this opportunity so that everyone in your child’s class can benefit from increased health and fitness instruction.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She often can be found blogging about education and scholarships for college. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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