Free On Line Training Program To Improve Nutrition/Physical Activity

Check those registration forms now!  Does your afterschool program serve childeren who have parents employed by :

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck
  • Prudential
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation 

FREE:  New training opportunity to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in school-age children

After-school programs in New Jersey are being invited to participate in a free and innovative, on-line nutrition and physical activity training program to help prevent childhood obesity.  Childhood obesity has become the most common nutritional disorder for children in the United States.  This epidemic and its accompanying health consequences (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and low self-esteem) are affecting children at an alarming rate.  After school programs have a unique opportunity to help prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy habits in children.

After-school programs in New Jersey are being invited to participate in a free and innovative, on-line nutrition and physical activity training program to help prevent childhood obesity.  Childhood obesity has become the most common nutritional disorder for children in the United States.  This epidemic and its accompanying health consequences (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and low self-esteem) are affecting children at an alarming rate.  After school programs have a unique opportunity to help prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy habits in children.Funding for this program is being made available by the New Jersey members of the American Business Collaboration:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck
  • Prudential
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation 

Their generous sponsorship will allow 70 programs to participate in this on-line training program.

The HEAT Club Curriculum is part of an initiative called Children in Balance, through Tufts University, which aims to improve eating habits and increase physical activity among school age children.  Geared toward children ages 5-10, the HEAT Club curriculum has been scientifically tested and evaluated. Fifteen programs in New Jersey have already successfully piloted this curriculum and the on-line version was piloted in 75 additional programs nationwide. The after school programs that are selected to participate will be provided the opportunity to use this innovative on-line curriculum at no charge.

In addition, each program will receive a $500 stipend to purchase the equipment and materials needed to implement the activities.

If you are interested in participating in this program, or would like more information, please contact
Lori Ioannone (617-636-3552) or e-mail: heatclub@tufts.edu
Please provide your program name, your name and title, address, phone and fax numbers, and an e-mail address. 
Programs serving families of the funding companies will be given priority in the selection process.

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