Heroes for Healthy Schools Spotlight On: Urban Initiatives

April 18, 2011

Healthy Schools Campaign is pleased to announce Heroes for Healthy Schools: Coming together for student wellness and achievement, a series that HSC presented early this month with Chicago Public Schools and the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to recognize Minority Health Month and highlight the role everyone can play in ensuring that all children are able to succeed in school and live healthy lives.

An especially fun part of the week were the after-school soccer events hosted by Urban Initiatives, a local non-profit that helps schools provide more opportunities for physical activity.  Today, we are thrilled to spotlight Urban Initiatives and the great work they do throughout the year!  

To read more about Heroes for Healthy Schools week, visit www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/healthheroes

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Students take part in Urban Initiatives soccer event during Heroes for Healthy Schools Week.

Urban Initiatives, a non-profit that brings health education through soccer to Chicago's students, is a key partner in Go for the Gold, helping schools meet high standards for physical activity.

Dan Isherwood, co-founding executive director, explains: “Urban Initiatives is thrilled to be a partner in the Go for the Gold campaign. It is a natural complement to the healthy lifestyles our students are striving for by providing healthy food options, nutrition education, and opportunities for physical activity. Our hope is that every school in Chicago reaches the Gold standard because we all know that a healthy body equals a healthy mind.”

Because of her participation in Urban Initiatives, third grade participant Mariah said, “The team has taught me new skills and how to have fun while exercising. It also taught me to eat healthy stuff and not a lot of junk food.”

To learn more about Urban Initiatives, visit www.urbaninitiatives.org.