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Media Contact: Cheryl Monkhouse
(404) 842-8516
cheryl.monkhouse@bcbsga.com

County Officials, Local Health Care Organizations and an Entertainment Powerhouse Gathered to Celebrate Children’s Fitness Achievement

Hundreds of Elementary School Children Awarded for Winning Statewide “Get Active, Get Fit!” School Fitness Challenge

ATLANTA – February 22, 2011 – Today, DeKalb County School Board Members; DeKalb County School Superintendent; Glen Haven Elementary Principal, Teachers and PTA Members; and Radio Disney, HealthMPowers, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) executives convened to celebrate the fitness achievements of more than 450 Glen Haven Elementary School students in Decatur.

A press conference kicked-off the Dance Party with representatives from numerous local organizations who discussed the need to educate children about the long-term benefits of eating right and staying active. In addition, participants learned about what Radio Disney is doing to promote fitness activities in school-age children nationwide, and what HealthMPowers and BCBSGa are doing to educate and support programs and activities surrounding childhood obesity in Georgia.

Press conference participants included:
• Dr. Angela Pringle, Area Assistant Superintendent
• Donna Edler, DeKalb County School Board Member
• Dr. Eugene Walker, DeKalb County School Board Member
• Cynthia Swanson, Glen Haven Elementary Principal
• Jerome Stancil, Glenn Haven Elementary PTA President
• Morgan Kendrick, BCBSGa President
• Suzanne Glenn, HealthMPowers Assistant Executive Director

More than 450 kids celebrated and danced along with Radio Disney DJ Coco, the Dance Party team, teachers and all attending officials. It was a time of celebration of the accomplishments of Glen Haven’s students and teachers – Glen Haven Elementary had 100% student participation.

According to CDC reports, Georgia has one of the nation’s highest incidences of childhood obesity. Initiatives like ‘Get Active Get Fit’ are the change agent needed to get Georgia’s children more active and engaged in physical fitness.

The "Get Active Get Fit!" School Challenge was designed to motivate kids and families to achieve fitness together by engaging in fun activities. The program was implemented in more than 150 elementary schools in 127 districts throughout Georgia in the Fall of 2010, furthering a commitment to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle among 61,000 of Georgia’s school-age children.

This challenge was held in advance of the implementation of House Bill 229, passed by the state legislature, requiring physical education teachers in the 2011-2012 school year to test students in first through 12 grades in the areas of endurance, strength and flexibility, as well as take students’ weight and height measurements for awareness.
Nearly 500,000 students nationwide signed up to participate in the "Get Active Get Fit!" School Challenge in states including California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Upstate New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin.   

About Radio Disney:
Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families.  Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks and Mitchel Musso.  The network is available on 49 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, XM/DIRECTV and mobile phones.

About BlueCross and Blue Shield of Georgia:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ® The Blue Cross Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com

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