Champions for Kids: Keep Them Warm!

2012-02

Did You Know?

• In the cold winter months, children with inadequate warm clothing are more likely to become sick and miss school. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K) found that children who missed more than 10% of the school year in kindergarten had lower reading scores in first grade compared to children who only missed 3% of the school year.
• Students who are cold during class have a harder time concentrating and focusing on the material that they are supposed to be learning.
• It takes at least twice the official federal poverty level for families to provide the basic necessities that their young children need to thrive. Nationally, 10 million children under the age of 6 live in families earning twice the federal poverty level or less.

Ways YOU Can Help!

GATHER your family, friends, and co-workers to participate in an Energizer Positive Energy Party by collecting winter clothes for children to keep them warm!

LEARN about the clothing needs of children in your community by inviting a teacher, social worker, or homeless shelter volunteer to talk with your family, friends, and co-workers.

GIVE the clothing items that you’ve collected to the community advocate, and bring positive energy and warmth into children’s lives!

Send us your Report and Photos at champion@championsforkids.org so that we can celebrate your participation! How many people became Champions for Kids? How many children received the clothing items and positive energy? Join our team of Champions for Kids and receive your personalized certificate of victory!

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Champions for Kids: Fuel Their Passion!

2012-01

Did You Know?

• 1 in 4 children in the United States is food insecure.
• Too often, these same school age children are not eating the recommended amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
• Today, more than one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese. One third of all children born in 2000 or later will face chronic obesity-related health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.

Ways YOU Can Help!

GATHER Gather your family, friends or co-workers and make a team decision to
improve your health and the health of children in your community. Pick ONE food item you will give up each day to improve your health and add ONE Simple fitness activity! Save $1.00 per day by giving something up! Whatever it is, the key is to make the decision and do it — for 30 days!

LEARN about children in your community! Gathering is only one step. Invite a
teacher or a social worker to gather with your team to learn about the nutrition needs children have in your community.

GIVE That $30 you saved, can now be shared with others. Provide the teacher or non-profit representative a basket filled with $30.00 gift cards (per person) to help children have the resources they need to live healthy lives. Send us your Report and Photos to champion@championsforkids.org! It’s that easy. Choose the challenge, gather your team and then tell us how you did! Join our team of Champions for Kids and receive your personalized certificate of victory!

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Champions for Kids: Inspire Their Dreams!

2011-12

Did You Know?

• 44% of children in the United States live in low-income families.
• 16 million children live in families that are caught in the gap between the official poverty line and a living wage, which means they often don’t qualify for government assistance but still have difficulty meeting basic food, child care, and household needs. The holidays are a particularly challenging time for these families.
• Over 400,000 children were in foster care last year. The holidays can be emotionally difficult for many of these children who are no longer with their biological parents.
• Each day in America, thousands of children in our schools don’t have the resources to learn. These children typically need basic education tools such as pens, paper and notebooks. They also need basic items such as socks, gloves, warm coats and shoes.

Ways YOU Can Help!

GATHER Host a Stocking Stuffer Celebration! Instead of a typical holiday party, host a Disney Stocking Stuffer Celebration. Gather friends and family; ask them to bring appropriate items to place in Holiday stockings for children in need.

LEARN Invite a teacher, social worker, or community advocate to speak to your group about children they serve.

GIVE Give the stockings to the community advocate for children. Send us your Report and Photos at champion@championsforkids.org so that we can celebrate your participation! How many people were Champions for Kids? How many children did you serve? Join our team of Champions for Kids and receive your personalized certificate of victory!

 

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Champions for Kids: Nourish Their Bodies!

2011-11

Did You Know?

• Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. Some of the leading causes of death are obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
• Good childhood nutrition has been directly linked to improved educational success and long-term health, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.
• Turkey is a relatively inexpensive source of protein, with more protein per gram than both chicken and beef, while remaining lower in fat and cholesterol than other meats. It also delivers vitamins and minerals, especially niacin, which facilitates the conversion of food into available energy, and Vitamin B6, which is important for the health of the nervous system. Turkey also has selenium, which is essential for proper thyroid and immune function.

Ways YOU Can Help!

LEARN about the nutritional needs of children in your community by inviting a school nutritionist or a pediatric dietician to talk with a local organization you participate in, or with your family, friends and co-workers.

GATHER to organize a run, walk, or obstacle course in your neighborhood or local park. Cook a kid-friendly, lean snack for the group. Share the information you learned from the school nutritionist or a pediatric dietician.

GIVE a gift card to a teacher or social worker to help provide nutritious food for children in your community.

Post your stories and photos at SwitchToTurkey.com so that we can celebrate your participation! It’s that easy.

 

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Champions for Kids: Help Them Thrive!

2011-10

Did You Know?

• Every day 22,000 children around the world die from preventable causes. We agree with UNICEF, the number should be zero.
• 44% of children in America live in low-income families, and over 45 million Americans will receive food stamps in 2011.
• Food stamps cannot be used to buy soap, shampoo, or other basic household supplies necessary for good hygiene and healthy children.
• Children often do not have the basic personal care items that they need.

Ways YOU Can Help!

LEARN about the hygiene needs of children in your community by inviting a teacher, social worker, food pantry employee, or homeless shelter volunteer to talk with a group of your family, friends, and co-workers.

GATHER your family, friends, and co-workers to participate in a Dial Into Giving
Halloween Party! Have each person come in costume and bring soap, shampoo, other basic toiletries. Hosting the party before going trick-or-treating is a great way to get kids involved!

GIVE the community representative the supplies and gift cards to help children
in your community enjoy cleaner and healthier lives. Send your stories and photos to champion@championsforkids.org so that we can celebrate your participation and your creative costumes! It’s that easy. Choose the challenge, gather your team and then tell us how you did. Join our team of Champions for Kids and receive your personalized certificate of victory!

 

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