HealthCorps Forges and Expands Partnerships in 2013

Posted 01/02/2014 | By HealthCorps

In addition to the Active Alliance Partnership with The California Endowment and California’s professional NBA basketball teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors), HealthCorps has some unique, ongoing partnerships that continue to support our efforts in schools nationwide.

For the 5th consecutive year, the Tibor & Sheila Hollo Charitable Foundation supports HealthCorps, and provides funds to bring HealthCorps to a Miami Dade County High School.

On October 10th, a special presentation was made to announce the Hollo’s support of Coral Gables Senior High School. Mr. and Mrs. Hollo, along with Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Mayor Jim Cason, City of Coral Gables; Juan Brea, COO, HealthCorps; and Mr. Adolfo Costa, Principal, Coral Gables Senior High attended the event that highlighted the Hollo’s early sponsorship of HealthCorps, as well as the organization’s work in several south Florida schools. HealthCorps Coordinator Val Butler will be working at Coral Gables Senior High School for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

“Tibor and Shelia Hollo have been tremendous supporters of HealthCorps,” said Juan Brea, HealthCorps COO, “Their continued efforts have made an impact on the health of south Florida youth.”

In the past, the Tibor & Sheila Hollo Charitable Foundation enabled HealthCorps curriculum at Booker T. Washington Senior High School, Coral Park High School, and Hialeah Senior High Schools.

The Tibor and Sheila Hollo Charitable Foundation researched the specific schools to be the beneficiaries of the initial, as well as subsequent donations, which has enabled HealthCorps to expand to new national markets. We thank them for their generosity.

HealthCorps, YES! (Youth Empowerment Services), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Child Nutrition Services and Fuel Up to Play 60!  partnered to create awareness for free school breakfast, shooting a commercial featuring students and local athletes.  The awareness campaign highlights the universal breakfast program, which provides free school breakfast to all students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. The campaign culminated in the commercial shoot featuring elementary, middle and high school students with Carolina Panthers linebacker and Fuel Up to Play 60! player and ambassador Luke Kuechly, on November 5, 2013.

As part of the campaign and experience, high school students at the two HealthCorps high schools in Charlotte, West Mecklenberg and Garinger, participated in a social media contest, where each student was required to post a photograph of themselves with a sign finishing the sentences “I eat breakfast at school because …”, “Breakfast is important because …”, or “When I eat breakfast at school, I …”.  The photograph was then uploaded to a student’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #EatSchoolBreakfast, and the five high school students who generated the most likes won a spot in the commercial.

The winners were announced in October.  Kristopher Thomas, Bahijah Safiya Mohammed, Emmanuel Daniels and Tan’Queisha Beckham from West Mecklenburg High School, and Garinger High School student Marquise Richardson, won the social media contest. The spot will air in all Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in early 2014.

Finally, in case you missed the announcement, HealthCorps recently launched the Momentum Challenge Teen Wellness App.  The Momentum Challenge app engages youth to make sustainable and healthy lifestyle choices by prompting teens to accept daily health challenges to improve their physical, nutritional and mental health. Students and teachers hosted booths at the launch and health fair that included 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.  It will soon be available for Android devices as well.   The Momentum app allows students to not only challenge themselves and track their progress, but to challenge friends as well.  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.

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