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Students all over Philadelphia are getting hyped about eating healthy and moving more, thanks to a new campaign.
The HYPE campaign (which stands for “Healthy You. Positive Energy.”) supports youth councils in approximately 100 middle and high schools, all working to get their schools HYPE by improving access to healthy foods, decreasing the availability of unhealthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity. The HYPE program is a partnership with The Food Trust, the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Get Healthy Philly initiative.
Youth councils plan and implement a range of healthy activities including fitness clubs, movement breaks, healthy fundraisers, school gardens and healthy pledge events, all with the goal of encouraging their peers to be more active and make healthier food choices. The Food Trust also works with youth councils to encourage students to choose healthier snacks and helps to connect schools to funding and resources to support their initiatives.
As a part of the HYPE campaign, youth councils have the opportunity to attend the annual “Youth for Healthy Change” leadership summit. Students meet peers from other schools, participate in leadership development activities and create healthy action plans. Students are energized and engaged through music and dance to become HYPE leaders in their schools and participate in workshops to identify goals and steps to make their school environments healthier.