SOURCE: National PTA

National PTA

November 01, 2011 17:11 ET

National PTA Kicks-Off Healthy Lifestyles Month

PTAs Take on Childhood Obesity by Getting Active, Eating Healthier

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - As statistics continue to show that more children today are suffering from obesity than ever before, PTAs nationwide are taking action and doing something about it -- in honor of PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month, November.

From experimenting with diverse fruits and vegetables, to teaching students about preventative health, PTAs nationwide will work with families and schools on different year-round efforts.

"Research shows that a child's physical well-being has a significant effect on their learning. So, we are very proud of all the PTAs across the country that are calling attention to the importance of being active and eating healthy. Every year we see new and original ideas to help prevent childhood obesity that teach our children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle now," said Betsy Landers, National PTA President.

In honor of Healthy Lifestyles Month, National PTA presented 10 PTAs with Healthy Lifestyles Grants of up to $1,000 to promote good nutrition and physical activity. In all, the 10 grantees expect to impact approximately 11,000 students through their programs that will take place from November 2011 through April 2012. The grants allow PTAs to implement five research-based strategies, including: limiting sugar sweetened beverages, emphasizing fruits and vegetables, moderating portion sizes, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time.

National PTA's Healthy Lifestyles Program is sponsored by Malt-O-Meal®, a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA. Visit to learn more about the Healthy Lifestyles Grant program.

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National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

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