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

Posted 11/11/2013 | By HealthCorps

MEDIA ADVISORY

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

WHEN: 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

9:00 a.m.- 11:10 a.m. (Media Check-in 8:45 a.m.)

WHERE:                 

Woodrow Wilson High

3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC, 20016

Main phone: (202) 282-0120

 

WHO:                       INTERVIEWS & PHOTO OPPS

–       Shawn Hayes, Chief Academic Officer, HealthCorps

–       Karen Johnson, Chief Communications Officer, HealthCorps

WHY:                      

HealthCorps will launch the new Momentum Challenge app, an app that 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”.

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.

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.

Media resources available:  expert interviews, high resolution photography, engaging health and wellness activity

CONTACT:            

Karen Johnson  703 362 7582 Karen.Johnson@healthcorps.org

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