What was your favorite subject in school? Mine was gym class. I wasn‘t much of a scholar, I’m more of a hands on/physical individual. I continue to love being physical whenever time deems it. I went to the police academy, and loved it, ran a half marathon, hike, bike, lift weights and whatever else I can do to stay fit and active. I must admit I did a lot more physical activity before I had my daughter but I still attempt it when I can. If I were in school today I think I would really struggle. More and more schools are cutting physical education programs but implementing alacart during lunch time. More junk food + less activity = unhealthy.

The 2009 National Youth Risk Survey indicates that 12% of US high school students are obese, 78% of the students ate fruits and veggies less than five times per day and 67% did not attend PE classes daily while in school. The solution is simple; better health education, more PE, better nutrition, and a healthier school and home environment. According to the CDC Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as poor self-esteem.

Luckily Henkel, a fortune 500 company, understands the importance of promoting and helping kids get fit. Henkel has a history of helping those in need. Henkel donated money to hurricane Katrina, Haiti, the Tsunami in 2004 and other disasters; in an effort to help those in need.

Henkel is launching a Henkel Helps sweepstakes worth $25,000. The money is to be used towards providing your school with better health and fitness education, equipment, technology, and resources. Just register your school and write a small essay describing what your school would do with the money to improve fitness for the students. That’s not it, there‘s a bonus!! You can also register your family to win $5000 to improve the fitness and health of your home. Good luck on the road to getting fit and fabulous.

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Haley is an avid fitness guru, mother, police officer and officer of the court. Haley and her family are working to go green with the help of her sister, Green and Clean Mom.