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Youth Find Innovative Solutions to Leading Health Threat
Date:8/10/2009

retching, balance, and strength activities. The trail is available for student and faculty use and the planning was developed through the P.E. courses.
  • High school students in Defiance, OH analyzed the menu offerings at the middle school in their district. They researched the fat, protein, sugar, and caloric contents of the meals, compared the actual serving size to the recommended serving size, and informed the school board how much exercise kids would have participate in to burn off a single meal.
  • Additional project descriptions are available at www.YSA.org.

    "Childhood obesity is one of the greatest health issues facing children and youth in the U.S.," said Steve Culbertson, YSA president and CEO. "UnitedHealth HEROES provides young people the rare, but important, opportunity to address this epidemic. I'm thrilled to see how youth are educating and engaging their peers through such innovative solutions."

    "With UnitedHealth HEROES, we are helping young people take action to improve their overall health and quality of life in a way that's not only educational, but beneficial for their communities. We believe that as people become more aware of health issues through health literacy and advocacy initiatives they will make positive changes to live better lives," said Daniel Johnson, UnitedHealth Group vice president, Social Responsibility.

    "Now, teams of students can collaborate with teachers and community leaders to develop their own programs to make their schools and neighborhoods healthier. We look forward to seeing the creative ideas our young people come up with to help fight obesity and encourage healthier living."

    In addition to the grants, YSA and UnitedHealth Group published "First Responders: Youth Addressing Childhood Obesity Through Service-Learning," a project plan
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