HealthCorps’ Freedom High School Chosen as One of Top Ten National Finalists in Henkel Fitness Grant Competition
TAMPA, FLA.– November 9, 2010-Freedom High School, which belongs to the HealthCorps (www.healthcorps.org) network of schools, advanced to the final round of the “Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit Contest for a $25,000 grant to bring fitness projects to schools. Founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, heart surgeon and host of the nationally syndicated talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” HealthCorps® is a proactive health movement that includes an in-school educational and mentoring program in 41 schools in 11 states.
Freedom High School was selected as one of 10 finalists from a total 2,000 applicants from around the country that submitted a written essay detailing how the school would use the $25,000 monies. Student-directed videos from finalists will be posted online atwww.henkelhelps.com for viewing, and the public will elect the grand prize winner. The voting will take place from November 15th through December 12th at the website.
Voting is limited to one vote per email address per day. Freedom High School hopes that community members will support them as the only school representing Florida in the final round. Voters can also sign up for reminders and updates throughout the competition.
Freedom High School is committed to health and wellness, and the grant will help them move closer to a healthier student body. If awarded, the school plans to use the money towards laying a rubber track to help prevent injuries and enhance athletic performance, as well as updating physical education equipment.
HealthCorps Coordinator Mary Kathryn Rains, who works full-time at the school educating and mentoring students on nutrition, fitness and mental strength is spearheading the project in collaboration with faculty. The school’s goal is to enhance the safety and wellness of the student body by offering superior fitness equipment that promotes exercise and well-being. For more information about Freedom High School, please visit www.freedom.mysdhc.com.
HealthCorps’ core mission is to empower teens and communities to become health agents of change and help the country reach the tipping point towards wellness now and for the future. As part of the organization’s mandate, the school program extends to the community through health festivals and liaisons with local health resources and non-profits who share HealthCorps’ goals. HealthCorps is focused on three priorities – educating the student body; achieving community outreach through “Fit Town™” – an initiative to connect and activate citizens and organizations to bring about awareness and affect change through local projects and initiatives; and advocating for policy shifts across all levels of government that put health and physical education back into the core curriculum of the American education system.
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Karen Johnson, HealthCorps® Director of Communications
Phone: (212) 742-2875