To kick off 2015, our friends at MomsRising have launched a new campaign called the Good Food Force Healthy New Year Challenge. People, especially moms, are encouraged to share tips for keeping resolutions, building a healthy and active lifestyle and encouragement for others doing the same.
Each week of January brings a new theme for the challenge. “Our four themes cover four important and interconnected angles: Embracing personal wellness, strengthening healthy families, supporting healthy schools, and building healthy communities. They're each essential, and together are powerful,” says Karen Showalter, a campaign director at MomsRising.
This week’s challenge is to share a commitment you’re making to nurture your family’s health, and can be anything from eating healthier to spending more time together or laughing more. Five winners will receive a Good Food Force water bottle and reusable snack bag, and entries will be accepted until January 17 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Additionally, the team will be showcasing many amazing co-hosts and Twitter superstars throughout the month, including @QCSuperMOM, @denisermt, @NaturalmentMama, @elisabatista, @MsLatina, @school_bites, @triathlonmami, @Mymamihood and many more.
Sharing during the campaign also enters you into a weekly sweepstakes with the chance to win some great prizes! For information on how to enter, visit the Facebook page for the challenge. Once you know what the theme is for the week, you can enter on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtags #GFF2015 #week2 and #sweeps.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
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They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
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Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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