More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. While obesity rates have soared among all age groups in this country, obesity is a particularly grave concern for children. Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America’s youth at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.
It’s not too late for our children. Every September (Childhood Obesity Awareness Month) students, educators, physicians, and parents take a stand and fight back with jumping jacks.
This September, you can help bring the message back to your state, city, school, workplace and home with SWEAT MAKES CENTS.
What is Sweat Makes Cents?
Sweat Makes Cents is the Teen Diaries Foundation’s (TDF) fundraiser and childhood obesity awareness campaign. Participants complete as many jumping jacks as possible, post a short video of themselves in action on social media, and get friends, family, and followers to sponsor 10 cents for each move they complete. For example, 100 jumping jacks helps a participant raise $10 for charity! Participants get a great full body workout and TDF uses the money (aka sweat equity) to fund fitness programs for teen girls nationwide and award student scholarships.
When is Sweat Makes Cents?
The fundraiser happens during the month of September (Childhood Obesity Month)
Who participates? Everyone participates! Principals can create a fundraiser page for their school, a fitness instructor can sign up for her class, a football team can kick off their commitment, or you can sign up as an individual. Anyone, at any age, or any gender can show their support!
What can you do to help?
Don't want to create a team fundraising page? You can just make a contribution to the cause and/or help recruit sponsors for the organization through social media. Spread the word! Is there a fundraising goal? Our goal is to raise $10,000. With a $10 donation from 1,000 participants, the Teen Diaries Foundation can raise $10,000 this school year to provide 10 college scholarships, support 13 college campuses, and help over 20,000 female students get moving across America.
Where does the money go?
For our Sweat Makes Cents 2016 Jumping Jack Challenge, $4,000 provides college scholarships to Teen Reporters in our program who research, create, and publish inspiring and educational content for 9 consecutive months to over 200,000 students that visit PrettyGirlsSweat.com. $1,500 provides fitness program funding to the top three performing Pretty Girls Sweat chapters at the following college campuses: Binghamton University, Clark Atlanta University, County College of Morris, Fisk University Georgia State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Montclair State University, University at Buffalo, Savannah College of Art and Design, Syracuse University, Temple University, University at Buffalo, and Virginia State University. The remaining $4,500 funds monthly fitness programs for over 500 female, high school students in Atlanta, GA during the 2016-2017 school year. Take a look at the impact we've made in 2013, 2014, and 2015!
Who are the winners?
When childhood obesity rates decline, we all win! Your support helps "change" the way girls think about fitness and nutrition. Donors who contribute will be gifted the following:
$10 - Shout out on @PrettyGirlsSweat Instagram page
$25 - Shout out + Pretty Girls Sweat car magnet*
$50 - Shout out + Pretty Girls Sweat key chain lanyard*
$100 - Shout out + Pretty Girls Sweat t-shirt + 2 Year Hearst subscription*
$150+ - Shout out + entered to win adidas women's sneakers*
*While supplies last
Let's put the FUN in fundraising! Thank you for supporting SWEAT MAKES CENTS! Questions? Contact SMC@teendiariesfoundation.org.