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At The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, we are always excited when our friends encourage kids to live a healthy lifestyle. We're halfway through the year and the Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids And Alcohol Don't Mix program has had a busy schedule that culminated in the “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event at Capitol Hill during Alcohol Awareness Month. We are also glad to highlight the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation's latest update regarding the Together Counts,™ initiative below.

Healthy Playgrounds. Happy Kids. Communities Win Big with Together Counts™ Annual Grant Program 

The summer of 2013 is going to be extra special for thousands of children who know when they return to elementary school next fall, they'll have new ways to play and be active.

As a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we've helped get the word out to schools and families about Together Counts,™ a far-reaching anti-obesity initiative bolstered by our support and yours. We're thrilled that our efforts will directly impact 7,000 students through this year's grant program, aimed at communities who need it most, with more than $175,000 in playground equipment, sports gear and cash.

We salute the top winners for each program below and invite you celebrate the winners from all 14 schools. Your local school might just be in the winner's circle!

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Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes

2 grand prize winning schools will receive $30,000 in cash and prizes plus a new playground!

  • Central Intermediate School, Central Louisiana: Winning entry cast by Music Teacher Johanna Benton!
  • Seaford Manor Elementary School, Seaford New York: Winning entry cast by Parent/Volunteer, Laurie Scimeca!
  • More winners

Find Your Balance Challenge

William E. Russell Elementary in Dorchester Mass will receive $30,000 in cash and prizes and more!

  • Winning application submitted by P.E. Teacher Elizabeth Reynolds Lupo
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Healthier US Schools Incentives

Valasco Elementary school in Freeport Texas will receive a $10,000 cash prize!

  • Winning entry cast by Library Media Specialist Lee Ann Simon
  • More winners

To see the smiling faces of our winners and to learn more about the impact the Together Counts program can have on your community, join the conversation on Facebook.