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Highmark Foundation Extends Subsidy for Health eTools for Schools(R) through 2013
Date:9/2/2008

Award-winning online program helps schools better comply with federal and

state health requirements, and address serious student health issues

LANCASTER, Pa., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in modern history, our children's life expectancy could be lower than our own. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that since the mid-seventies the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased sharply for both adults and children. Since 1980, the percentage of children aged six to 11 who are at risk for being overweight has doubled, and the percentage of overweight adolescents aged 12 to 19 has tripled.

The Highmark Foundation announced today that through Highmark Healthy High 5, a $100 million, five-year children's health promotion initiative, it has extended its subsidy program allowing schools in 49 Pennsylvania counties to participate in the Highmark Healthy High 5 Health eTools for Schools program at no cost through August 31, 2013.

The Health eTools for Schools program is available to area public, private, parochial, and charter schools. Originally set to expire on September 1, 2009, the extended subsidy allows schools representing a student population of more than 400,000 students free access to this award-winning program, making it easier for students to eat healthier and become more physically active.

"We hope that as many schools as possible take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Health eTools for Schools through the Foundation subsidy," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "By educating young people early in life about the benefits of healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, those behaviors will stay with them, helping to assure they become healthier adults. That is why the Highmark Foundation sought to create a school-based program that provided much-needed resources to schools. The goal of Highmark Healthy High 5 is to make sure children have an oppo
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