Healthy Lifestyles Month Helps Our Nation Get Active and Eat Healthier One PTA at a Time

Healthy Lifestyles Month Helps Our Nation Get Active and Eat Healthier One PTA at a Time
By Betsy Landers

It is November… Happy PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month! November signifies a special time of year for PTAs across the country as tens of thousands of students and families participate in the launch year-round efforts to promote good nutrition and physical activity.

Why is this important? Statistics show that childhood obesity continues to grow and one in three children is overweight. Also, research shows that a child’s physical well-being has a significant effect on their learning. So we are proud of all the PTAs and school communities that are making child health and wellness a priority.

With the help of Malt-O-Meal, a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA and the sole sponsor of National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Program, we presented 10 PTAs with grants of up to $1,000 in funding to engage families, teachers, administrators and students in creative programs that encourage the school community to be active and eat healthier. Don’t worry, if you didn’t have a chance to submit an application for a grant this year, all PTAs will have a chance to apply for a grant next year but don’t wait until then to get your PTA active and eating healthy.

Is your PTA doing anything to help promote physical activity and healthy eating? Share photos, videos and messages with us on our Facebook page or Tweet us on Twitter. Let’s show the country that we are building healthy communities one PTA at a time!

Help us keep families moving and healthy. Keep up the great work!


  1. At Frey Elementary, in Acworth Georgia, we are hosting our first Frey Fit Fest on Saturday 3/24/2012 from 10am-2pm. We have over 40 organizations participating and we will be offering free health and dental screenings, nutrition information and analysis, obstacle courses, rock climbing wall, extreme martial arts demonstration, Zumba and pilates group classes and dance performance. We have cleared the trails around school to encourage our families to walk. Government officials, local businesses, government agencies and volunteers have come together for this event.

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