Today's Children Will Be The First Generation to Live Shorter Life Spans Than Their Parents

Nov 29, 2012, 11:45 ET from Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity Wants to Change That with Designed To Move

Charity Nominated for American Giving Award Needs Your Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Architecture for Humanity has been named as a finalist for the 2012 American Giving Awards. The charity will be competing against 24 other worthy charities to gather the most online votes from November 27-December 4, 2012 to be one of the five charities to share in $2 million dollars in grant money to turn their big idea: Designed To Move, into a reality.

Designed to Move is about activating America through designed space that inspires play. Over the last century we built a world where children no longer lead active lifestyles. They are backseat passengers along the concrete roadways of our towns and cities. A perfect storm of rocketing obesity rates, blighted and dangerous urban spaces and a digital world disconnecting a generation of kids has unfolded. What if we hit the tipping point in life expectancy? What if 10-year-olds are going to live 5 years less than their parents? This is not the future. This is America in 2012.

"From shrinking cities to desolate suburbs to forgotten native lands, Architecture for Humanity can transform these underutilized spaces into physically dynamic environments by creating active points of play and movement. This big idea is tackling the immediate crisis of obesity in children through design," states Cameron Sinclair, Chief Eternal Optimist & Co-Founder, Architecture for Humanity.

If Architecture for Humanity wins, the organization will use funds to work in the cities with the top youth obesity rates to develop active spaces that will turn urban jungles into urban jungle gyms. 

Architecture for Humanity needs votes to win. Please be a part of the change needed to tackle this crisis. Vote for Architecture for Humanity from November 27-December 4, 2012.

Vote Here:

Voting Dates: 11/27/12 (12:00 AM ET) through 12/4/12 (11:59:59 PM, ET)
Winners Announced: Watch on December 8th on NBC 8PM EST, 7PM CST

About Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity is a global architecture and construction nonprofit founded in 1999, building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of thousands of building professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed.

SOURCE Architecture for Humanity