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Date:8/10/2009

YSA and UnitedHealth Group 'HEROES' grants to help students address childhood obesity.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Youth Service America (YSA) and UnitedHealth Group team up for the second year to offer UnitedHealth HEROES grants to youth-led service-learning projects addressing childhood obesity.

Educators, service-learning coordinators, and students in the health professions are eligible to apply for service-learning project grants. Grant recipients will receive up to $1,000 in support for initiatives that engage youth, ages 5-25, in the planning and implementation process.

Service-learning projects that focus on childhood obesity result in higher academic achievement for the participants and positive outcomes for the communities served. The grant cycle opens August 1 and applications are due October 22, 2009.

To obtain an application, visit www.ysa.org/awards and click on the "Grants and Awards" tab; then click on "UnitedHealth HEROES." The Web site also contains more information about the program and resources for gathering information on the risk factors associated with childhood obesity.

This past spring, YSA distributed 100 grants to projects that took place in 15 states. (This year 34 states and Washington, D.C. are eligible - see full list below). Youth and project facilitators developed innovative ways to address childhood obesity, including:

  • 32 students in Farmingdale, NY. devoted a semester to learning about childhood obesity, filming discussions with public officials and local experts. The resulting film raised awareness of the epidemic during a healthy dinner for friends and family.
  • 50 elementary school students in Royal Palm Beach, FL. created a fitness trail on their campus that including st
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