WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) and the Boy Scouts of America® (BSA) today announced an alliance that will focus on bringing awareness to the issue of childhood obesity. Together, HWCF and the BSA will work to promote solutions that help children achieve a healthy lifestyle through an energy-balanced approach.
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation's largest and most prominent youth development organizations, launched a healthy living initiative, SCOUTStrong®, in 2011. The program encourages children to be active 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks.
"Since its inception, the Boy Scouts of America has focused on the health of young people. In fact, all Scouts commit to keeping themselves physically strong when they recite the Scout Oath," said Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock. "We look forward to working with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to help make healthy living a priority in the lives of America's youth."
HWCF, in partnership with Discovery Education, developed the Together Counts™ program, which provides parents and schools with free online tools and standards-based curriculum to help children lead healthy and more active lifestyles.
Lisa Gable, President of HWCF said, "We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the Boy Scouts of America. This alliance will be invaluable to us as we reach out to children at an early age and teach them lifelong healthy habits."
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SOURCE Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation