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‘Together Counts’ Program Aims to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organization aimed at reducing childhood obesity, along with Discovery Education, the largest supplier of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have announced the launch of the Together Counts campaign for the 2016-2017 academic year. Since 2010, Together Counts has made steps toward encouraging educators, families, and students to live wholesome lifestyles. Since the program began, over $1.6 million has been granted to qualified schools nationwide. The program is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative targeting obesity in young people. The program, available at no cost, gives teachers and pupils across the country standards-based lesson plans and an opportunity to win cash grants and wellness equipment for their schools. In 2016, the plan was updated to target overall wellness and lessons for pre-K, K-2, and 3-5 that teach goal-planning and procedures to develop resilience for a lifetime.”(more)

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