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Wisconsin school that implements healthy initiative could be visited by Super Bowl champion Donald Driver

October 07, 2015

Driven to Better Health partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction challenges school communities to improve health

MILWAUKEE (10/07/15) – Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading receiver, “Dancing with the Stars” champion and four-time children’s book author Donald Driver is teaming up with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for a second year to continue their push to make the children of Wisconsin the healthiest in the nation.

Registration is now open for Driven to Better Health, a school- and community-based wellness partnership sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for Wisconsin children and families. Registration is open to school staff and administrators at all Wisconsin Elementary and Middle Schools. All participating schools will be considered for DPI awards up to $250 for submissions focusing both on nutrition and physical activity. In addition, all schools that successfully complete the Driven to Better Health program will be eligible for a chance to win an in-school visit from Driver at the end of the school year.

Last year, 150 elementary and middle schools throughout Wisconsin participated in Driven to Better Health implementing physical activity and healthy nutrition activities for their school community. Last year’s winner, Riverside Elementary in Fond du Lac created a student wellness team to make sure the student voice was well represented and helped plan weekly challenges for students. The students created 14 sustainable activities through the year such as Walking Wednesdays, taste test days and a healthy question of the day.

Throughout the campaign, Driver will be inspiring and motivating participants by sharing healthy recipes, workout videos, monthly recorded all-school announcements and encouraging words via social media. 

“Children’s Hospital and I want Wisconsin’s kids to be the healthiest in the nation,” said Driver. “All of our Driven to Better Health schools took a huge step in making that a reality last year, but we can’t stop now. I hope all of our schools that signed up last year do even more this year; and all the schools that haven’t signed up yet, we want you to get in on the action and encourage our kids to develop healthy, sustainable habits that will carry them for the rest of their lives.”

“It was amazing to see the work and effort of thousands of students across Wisconsin last year share what they are doing in their school to stay healthy,” said Bridget Clementi, executive director, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Health and Education. “Driven to Better Health is a great way to celebrate and encourage not only kids, but entire families, to stay active and keep healthy habits.”

The program is part of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin vision of making the kids of Wisconsin the healthiest in the nation, and it’s another way Driver is working to instill healthy habits in today’s youth. Information about how schools and families can participate is available at driventobetterhealth.com

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2012, Children’s invested more than $117 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.

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