Annika Foundation and The Healthy School Makeover Contest

GolfOrlandoFlorida Editor  

The ANNIKA Foundation and SPARK™ announce video entries are now being accepted for the nationwide Healthy School Makeover Contest, with the winner receiving an unprecedented grand prize worth $45,000 in educational materials, training and equipment.

Individuals can nominate a school by submitting a short video explaining why their school needs a healthy school makeover and how they'll use the grand prize award to improve the health of their students. Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam will present the grand prize to the winning school.

The contest, managed by SPARK™, provider of the world's most-researched and field-tested physical education program and a division of School Specialty, features products and services from leading organizations including Sportime, AAHPERD/NASPE, Healthy Kids Challenge, Skillastics, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, GenMove, The First Tee, Polar and the ANNIKA Foundation.

Entrants can post videos on www.healthyschoolmakeover.com, and all entries must be received by October 31, 2012. The public will vote on the videos from November 1 to November 14, 2012 to determine the finalists. A panel of judges will then select the winner.

"Budget cuts continue to negatively impact health and physical education programs. Many schools are not receiving the quality services they need and their students deserve. The Healthy School Makeover Contest will transform one location into a model healthy school, and we hope it will 'SPARK' countless others to follow suit," says Paul Rosengard, Executive Director at SPARK. "We are calling on educators and students to motivate people to vote by sharing their stories about the importance of healthy living and how their school can be a positive example for others."

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