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Seeking 10 Youth Leaders Committed to Healthy Living to Join Advisory Board

Alliance for a Healthier Generation 2014-2015 Youth Advisory Board Applications Now Being Accepted

(NEW YORK) February 3, 2014 – 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 2014-2015 Youth Advisory Board. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, is searching for 10 young people ages 8 to 17 years old to serve as Alliance youth ambassadors by sharing their commitment to healthy living and inspiring their friends, families, schools and communities to take action against 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 20 member board provides valuable perspectives on childhood obesity to a variety of stakeholders and each member commits to making impactful changes within their own schools and communities.

“I think it is important that we have a voice because we are the next generation,” says Youth Advisory Board member Regan Spomer, age 9, from Pierre, SD. “We need to be able to help our peers break away from bad habits and lead them in the right direction. Kids are more willing to listen to other kids instead of adults.”

Beyond providing a youth perspective on childhood obesity, board members commit to making a positive impact on the health of their communities. Each board member is responsible for educating community members on the importance of healthy living and leading efforts to make healthy changes in their own neighborhoods and school districts.

“Empowering youth to make healthy lifestyle choices is critical to combating childhood obesity,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, 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 June 2014 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 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.

 

Contact:

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Kate Siskel

646-775-9152

kate.siskel@HealthierGeneration.org     

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