WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) today announced that their Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play (EB4K) program and Sheldon Elementary in Richmond, California were awarded $1000 for the Nutrition Policy Video Contest from the Colorado Foundation for Health and the Environment. EB4K is an evidence-based program that promotes nutrition, physical activity, and energy balance knowledge and behavior changes in kids led by Registered Dietitian (RD) Nutrition Coaches and Recess Coaches. It was developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and Playworks with funding support from the HWCF.
The winning video which was filmed by Discovery Education, chronicled Sheldon Elementary's experience with the two-year intervention program, which encouraged the concept of energy balance – balancing calories in (what you eat) with calories out (exercise). The $1000 prize will go toward sustaining the program for Sheldon students.
Lisa Gable, President of HWCF, said, "We are honored to have our work here in Richmond rewarded and look forward to seeing the long-term impact on Sheldon Elementary students. That is why we decided to donate the $1000 prize to the school so that they can continue to learn the importance of active, healthy living."
The University of California – Berkeley will analyze the impact of the EB4K program at Sheldon Elementary and four other West Contra Costa Unified Elementary Schools. The results are set to be released by the end of the year, but the faculty at Sheldon Elementary has already seen the impact of the program.
"The students, staff, and families at Sheldon Elementary benefited greatly from the registered dietitian and recess coach that implemented the Energy Balance for Kids with Play program in our school for the past 2 years," said Sheldon Elementary Principal Sonja Bell, "We were thrilled that the video highlighting the EB4K with Play program at our school won an award by the Colorado School of Public Health."
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SOURCE Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation