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Leader Places First in MyPlate Contest

Congratulations are in order to Leader Dana Woldow and her organization, PEACHSF, for placing first in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge.” The USDA contest encouraged competitors to create 30 second videos showing ways to add fruits and vegetables to your diet without spending a lot of money.
PEACHSF — which stands for Parents Educators & Advocates Connection for Healthy School Food — submitted a video featuring a middle school girl talking about how her busy schedule often means she has to eat on the go. In order to eat healthy in between all those classes, extracurricular activities and homework, the youngster and her mom prepare snack boxes filled with healthy fruits and veggies at the start of the week. 
Titled “On the Go Snack Boxes,” PEACHSF’s video was written by Woldow and produced and directed by Max Schreiber, PEACHSF’s social media specialist. The USDA praised the clip for offering “a great tip for older kids on the go.”
The entry was one of three videos to place first in the contest. Other winners included a video showcasing ways to easily substitute healthy food for junk food and a “Wrap Rap,” a music video explaining how a healthy sandwich wrap can include fruits and vegetables. All the winners can be viewed on the USDA Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge Website.

Lowering Obesity, Raising Up the Economy

Learn how preventing childhood obesity could also spur economic growth.
Reducing obesity might not just help improve America’s bodies. It also could help our ailing economy.
Our friends at Leadership for Healthier Communities (LHC) will host a free webinar on Jan. 11 studying the link between economic growth and public health and analyze public policies that improve both. As LHC argues, obesity costs impose a big economic burden and many “policy interventions that can help prevent obesity can also stimulate local economic growth and development; particularly in underserved neighborhoods that lack access to healthy foods and safe places to engage in physical activity.”
Scheduled speakers include Pennsylvania state Rep. Dwight Evans; Harriet Tregoning, director of the District of Columbia Office of City Planning; Yael Lehmann, executive director of the Food Trust; and Councilmember Esteban Velasquez, the mayor pro-tem of Lindsay, Calif.
“Making the Connection: Linking Economic Growth to Policies to Prevent Childhood Obesity” is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 11. Click here to register.

News from the Network

Tell us what you’ll do in 2012 to help reverse childhood obesity. Plus: Don’t forget to ask your coworkers and colleagues to sign-up as Leaders!
It’s the time of year when people make resolutions designed to improve their lives in some meaningful way. Some of you might opt to save more money, hit the gym more often or even learn a new skill.
At, we’re also resolving to work hard to build a network of advocates dedicated to reversing childhood obesity. (You can help us out by asking others to apply as Leaders.)
Now we want to hear from you. What are you resolving to do in 2012 that will help reverse the epidemic and provide a healthier future for our kids?
Click here to offer your resolution. We’ll share our favorites with the network.