Navigation Links Launched in Indiana to Promote Children's Health

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Indiana State Department of Health and INShape Indiana have partnered with to provide Indiana kids and teens with a unique source of fitness, nutrition and best of all, fun. Young Hoosiers can enjoy FREE memberships to the interactive program through April 30, 2009 by visiting

A 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed 75 percent of Hoosier high school students did not engage in daily exercise and less than 20 percent ate the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

To counter the health deficit that many children are experiencing, has developed a modern approach to promoting health education. Using its Active Screen Time(TM) technology, GoTrybe allows its members to interact and compete with each other while participating in age-appropriate fitness videos, nutrition information and motivational content.

"Public health must keep up with the latest communications technology and continually try to talk with young people about health in ways they find interesting and engaging," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. " provides our state with a great opportunity to try out a technology-based initiative and gauge its effectiveness in communicating with young people and teachers across the state."

When Trybers complete daily content areas, they earn points that are redeemable for online prizes; encouraging physical activity and total wellness while providing social networking opportunities that today's generations enjoy.

And because GoTrybe memberships are accessed via the Internet, the program can be used at home, as well as in schools and other youth-related organizations.

"GoTrybe offers educators the ability to supplement current physical education classes with a Web-based program designed to engage kids in a fun and exciting way," said Dr. Monroe.

Using the program in Indiana schools will provide both teachers and students with major benefits, says GoTrybe Founder Christopher J. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.C. "As a cardiologist, I am always interested in working with people to improve their heart health, and we all know that exercise is an important part of that.

"At GoTrybe, we're also very excited about the positive effects this program will have on brain health," says Dr. Downs. "The positive long-term effects of physical activity and overall good health can greatly improve a child's ability to learn and perform in the classroom."

Indiana schools and youth-related organizations that take advantage of the free trial of will be eligible to participate in the Governor's Fitness Award Program. The award is given to students who take part in a teacher- or adult-monitored exercise and nutrition program over a specific period of time.

"Many factors, from environment to teaching methods, can impact student learning. A students physical fitness and health are no exception," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett. "I encourage educators and parents to work as a team and engage Hoosier students in utilizing this innovative program."

For more information on how you, your school, or your students can join the Trybe, visit

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