HEALTHCORPS TO HOST LAUNCH OF MOMENTUM CHALLENGE APP, CHALLENGING YOUTH TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH

Posted 11/07/2013 | By HealthCorps

For Immediate Release

Date: November 4, 2013

Contact:  Rachel Tennenbaum, Communications Manager, HealthCorps

Rachel.Tennenbaum@HealthCorps.org

212.742.2875 x 117

HEALTHCORPS TO HOST LAUNCH OF MOMENTUM CHALLENGE APP, CHALLENGING YOUTH TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH

WASHINGTON D.C – HealthCorps will launch the new Momentum Challenge app Thursday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School’s annual school-wide health fair (3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC).

The Momentum Challenge app engages youth to make sustainable and healthy lifestyle choices by prompting them to accept daily health challenges to improve their physical, nutritional and mental health. Students and teachers will host booths at the launch and health fair that include information and interactive previews of the different health and fitness challenges available on the app such as: “Learn to Read Nutrition Labels”, “Find an Online Salsa Dance Video and Dance for 10 minutes”, and “Take 10 Minutes to Meditate”.

“Based on the HealthCorps curriculum, this app is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to try new, fun ways to improve their health by choosing to accept their daily mental, nutritional or physical workout,” said Michelle Bouchard, president of HealthCorps. “Additionally the app has the ability to reach students outside of normal school hours, encouraging them to continue making healthy choices even after they leave school for the day.”

The Momentum Challenge app was developed by the National Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Control Research Branch and HealthCorps and is currently available on iOS devices and will soon be available for Android devices. The app allows students to not only challenge themselves and track their progress, but to challenge friends. Points, badges and the ability to send friends “high fives” and encouragement are all tools to keep students engaged in accepting and completing their daily challenges.

“We want this to be a fun, engaging tool for youth,” said Dr. Erik Augustson of the National Cancer Institute. “The app offers the opportunity for friendly competition and camaraderie as youth discover and take ownership of their personal health and wellness.”

Woodrow Wilson High School is one of 62 high schools across 13 states and Washington, D.C. that participate in the HealthCorps program. HealthCorps is an innovative in-school model for teaching a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength. HealthCorps coordinators are recent college graduates working in the high schools and will be encouraging their students to use the app to support lessons learned during class, track healthy accomplishments and compete with other schools in a fun, engaging way to inspire a healthy school culture.

We invite you to join us at this exciting event to see how we can help tackle the health and wellness challenges of youth through new technology. Representatives from HealthCorps and the National Cancer Institute will be available to speak with media.

If you have any questions about the event or to RSVP, please contact Rachel Tennenbaum at Rachel.Tennenbaum@HealthCorps.org or 212.742.2875.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps®, www.healthcorps.org, is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, and his wife, Lisa Oz, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.

HealthCorps “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 62 schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school. By 2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools.

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