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Join the 2017 America’s #HealthiestSchools Campaign

Caitlin Dong works in National Public Relations and Communications for Kaiser Permanente and has been involved with nonprofit youth organizations for many years.

Nearly 1 in 3 children between the ages of 2 and 19 in the United States is overweight or obese. Now apply that statistic to a school setting: in a classroom of 30 students, about 10 are overweight or obese.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with schools, companies, community organizations, health care professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to obesity.

Its goal is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits. As part of that work, the organization launched its 2017 America’s #HealthiestSchools campaign on August 8.

The campaign is grounded in the shared belief that every child deserves a healthy school. Kids spend much of their weekdays at school, which makes schools critical to the health and lifelong success of children.

The multimedia #HealthiestSchools campaign will activate the voices of this year’s 323 National Healthy School Award winners from Washington, D.C., and 30 states across the country through success stories, videos, social and traditional media, national and local media outreach, a campaign landing page, and organizational and celebrity partnerships.

Everyone — school leaders, parents, community change makers — is encouraged to join the movement to create a culture of health at school for all children. What are you waiting for?

Visit Alliance for a Healthier Generation to view the complete list of America’s #HealthiestSchools.

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