Wellness Academics & You (WAY) A Program Funded by The Walmart Foundation, Has Been Approved by Governor Deal's Power UP for 30

Wellness Academics & You (WAY) A Program Funded by The Walmart Foundation, Has
           Been Approved by Governor Deal's Power UP for 30 Program

PR Newswire

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 25, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia SHAPE and their Power
UP for 30 initiative is focused on incorporating physical activity in
classrooms and schools to build an enhanced learning environment. Power UP for
30 has put together an in-depth resource guide to help Georgia schools find
different programs that help deliver the 30 minutes of physical activity
before, during, and after school. The Wellness, Academics, and You (WAY)
program has recently been approved as a program "that works" to reach 30
minutes or more of physical activity a day while incorporating state
standards. Through the Walmart Foundation's WAY to a Healthier America (WFWHA)
initiative, schools are able to access the WAY program at no cost, in turn
making the pledge to become a Power UP for 30 school.

Georgia SHAPE is Governor Nathan Deal's statewide initiative to fight
childhood obesity, and their Power UP for 30 voluntary program promotes adding
30 minutes of physical activity in elementary schools every day in addition to
their regular physical education class. Research has proven that increased
physical activity is directly proportionate to improved academic achievement.

The Institute for America's Health (IAH) is the founder of the WAY to a
Healthier America (WHA) initiative, in collaboration with some of the nation's
leading experts in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and wellness to
develop tailored interventions for schools and communities. The WAY program is
the programmatic platform of the WHA initiative. WHA initiatives are currently
underway in multiple states (DE, NC, KS, AR, MO, GA, AL, and FL). The Walmart
Foundation made it possible for IAH to enter into three of the most
challenging urban markets in the nation to serve our country's most
cash-strapped schools (Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, and Atlanta, GA).

"The Power UP for 30 program is a great example of what states and communities
can do to turn the tide on childhood obesity. The fact is that healthy kids do
better in school. We applaud Governor Deal's efforts and are pleased to be
part of the Georgia SHAPE initiative," said Stuart Reese, Executive Director
of IAH.

The Wellness, Academics & You (WAY) is a proven-effective, classroom-based
health education curriculum series and simultaneously a tool for personal,
familial, cultural, and community change. The WAY series consists of versions
for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. It provides standards-based activities and
lessons designed to integrate into existing lesson plans while embedding key
health messages into core subjects (i.e. math, science, history, social
studies, language arts, etc.) One of the most important facets of the WAY
program series is that it teaches our children to become good critical
thinkers. These critical thinking skills not only result in the adoption of
life-long healthy lifestyle choices, but encompass all risky behaviors
(alcohol, drugs, tobacco).

The WAY series was also recentlyapproved by the Chicago Public Schools Health
and Wellness review committee and is listed as an Approved Health and Wellness

Georgia SHAPE Power UP for 30:

Georgia Shape resource guide:

Institute for America's Health:

SOURCE Institute for America’s Health

Website: http://www.healthy-america.org
Contact: Liz Stiebel, 770-220-2500, liz.stiebel@healthy-america.org
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