On May 22 ChildObesity180 announced 11 winners of their nationwide innovation contest, including The 100 Mile Club® and Corona-Norco Unified School District.
The competition was designed to identify and reward the most creative, impactful, and scalable school-based programs and technologies to promote children’s physical activity.
100 Mile Club® was one of two west regional winners in the school programs category. Other winners were schools and districts from Los Angeles, Texas, South Carolina, Minnesota, Florida, New York/New Jersey, Massachusetts and Colorado.
The Active Schools Acceleration Project, a ChildObesity180 initiative, launched the competition in February 2012 in a commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America. First Lady MichelleObama encouraged participation in the competition with a call for applications via a video message.
Teachers, schools, and school districts submitted their school-based physical activity programs to the “School Programs” category, while the “Technology Innovation” category invited developers, inventors, and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how existing or emerging technologies could be used to inspire kids to be physically active. A panel of experts representing various fields judged the entries.
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Each of the regional “School Programs” category winners will receive $25,000 to further advance health and wellness programming in their school or district. On June 13, in Washington, D.C., two of these nine winners will be chosen as National Winners and their award will increase to $100,000 each.
Working closely with leading researchers and expert staff at Tufts University and ChildObesity180, National “School Programs” and “Technology Innovation” winners will participate in pilot studies to expand their programs and technologies to schools of different types, sizes, and geographies across the country.
Peter Dolan, chair of ChildObesity180 says, “The competition’s winning programs and technologies are models that can help us reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. We are grateful for the support of thirteen of America’s leading health plans for this competition. With them as our partners, we are recognizing innovation champions and identifying opportunities to bring solutions to scale.”