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ING Awards $100,000 in Grants to Combat Childhood Obesity
Date:9/1/2009

/managementbios/rhondamims/index.htm" target="_new">Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president, Office of Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs. "ING is committed to making it easier for schools to not only close the gap in student achievement, but also advance student physical well being through ING Run For Something Better."

Grant awards were available in all states to public elementary or middle schools for running programs that targeted fifth- through eighth-grade students. Over 300 schools applied for the ING/NASPE School Awards Program. A NASPE review board consisting of 100 teachers and education administrators reviewed all applications.

Nearly one-third of U.S. children and teens are now overweight or obese. Inactive and obese children risk multiple consequences including reduced bone strength, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol levels and asthma. If addressed at an early age, many of these conditions can be avoided. NASPE Executive Director Charlene Burgeson said, "NASPE is appreciative to ING for helping our efforts to promote the importance of children's physical fitness and provide teachers and coaches with the resources they need to create fun and practical running programs for their students."

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    Audria (Aud) Belton Benn           Juliet Prillaman
    ING                                NASPE
    Office: 770.980.5715               Office: 703.476.3485
    Cell:  404.934.8743                jprillaman@aahperd.org
    audria.benn@us.ing.com

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