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Youth Leaders Committed to Healthy Living Needed for National Advisory Board

Alliance for a Healthier Generation 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board Applications Now Being Accepted  

(NEW YORK) March 6, 2013 – The search has started for the next amazing group of young people to inspire healthy living.  Applications are now being accepted for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, is searching for young people who share a commitment to healthy living and will inspire their friends, families, schools and communities to take action and help stop childhood obesity.

The Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board is one of the only youth-led advisory groups in the country focused on childhood obesity issues. The youth leaders provide valuable perspectives on childhood obesity to a variety of stakeholders and commit to making impactful changes within their own schools and communities.

“I think it is important that youth have a voice in the fight against childhood obesity,” says Guido Dominquez, 13, from Miami, FL, who is entering his third year of service on the Board. “Kids tend to listen to their peers and I believe we have better chances to be heard and spread awareness. Before you know it, many other kids will join us in our fight and we will make a big impact.”

In addition to providing their perspective on childhood obesity, a cornerstone of the Youth Advisory Board is their commitment to service-learning.  Each board member is responsible for initiating healthy changes in their own neighborhoods and school districts by engaging in service-learning programs in their communities. 

“Empowering youth to make healthy lifestyle choices is critical to combating childhood obesity,” said Ginny Ehrlich, D. Ed., Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “The efforts of the Youth Advisory Board highlight the power of youth voice— inspiring each other to ensure their generation will live longer, healthier lives.”

Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years old when membership begins July 2013 and live in the United States. Interested youth can visit www.HealthierGeneration.org for more information.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation 

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier children. To learn more and join the movement, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org

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