Laila Ali, athlete and soon to be mom, is the newest spokeswoman for DoSomething.org’s latest campaign initiative getting teens involved in making their schools and their communities healthier. The “Healthy Schools Challenge” calls on teenagers to come up with new and innovative ways to make themselves and the world around them a healthier place. Students are asked to submit their ideas to DoSomething.org. Teens who participate and provide the top efforts will be rewarded with up to five individual $1,000 scholarships. One school will win a party and the lead student on the project will win a $1,000 scholarship with $1,000 scholarships for up to four friends who participate and help him or her organize the project.
Ali is a World Champion athlete and long time health advocate who is hoping for healthier food options in schools and better fitness activities. She was very excited to team up with DoSomething.org to be a spokeswoman for the public service announcement. “From a very young age, I’ve learned the importance of exercise and giving your body the fuel it needs to stay strong,” explains Laila Ali. “I am excited to be part of a campaign encouraging kids to take control of their own future by tackling this issue where it starts, in our nation’s schools.”
This challenge was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama and many others who have been campaigning for the health of our children. Brittany Castaneda of DoSomething.org wants to give teens a voice and control over their own health, “With so many young Americans fighting weight issues, this campaign intends to give teens the power to take their health and the health of their schools in their own hands. We believe change will start with giving teens a voice, so we’re launching a challenge to all the young people out there to perform their own school makeover.”
Do you have a teen or know a teen who wants to give their school a makeover? If so, visit DoSomething.org’s “Healthy Schools Challenge” and have them submit an idea.
DoSomething.org is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and helping teens take action where and when it is needed. Other campaigns by DoSomething.org that have inspired teenagers include Teens for Jeans, Feed the Need, Increase your Green and Battle of the Bands.
“Healthy Schools Challenge” PSA