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HEALTHY WEIGHT COMMITMENT FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION JUMPSTART A HEALTHY SCHOOL YEAR WITH DUAL LANGUAGE CURRICULUM AND RETURNING INCENTIVE PROGRAMS TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

By Carletta
September 4th, 2013

– Together Counts™ Initiative Offers Annual Sweepstakes and Challenges to Provide Schools More than $140,000 in Prizes for Healthy Living Initiatives –

Silver Spring, Md. (September 4, 2013) – The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), a CEO-led organization driving a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content to K-12 classrooms, announced today the back-to-school launch of their dual-language Together Counts™ initiative encouraging educators, students and families to live active and healthy lives.

The back-to-school launch marks the return of two annual initiatives giving educators and students across the country the chance to win more than $140,000 in prizes for their schools. These include:

•Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes: Administrators, teachers, parents and community members can enter this year’s Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of two grand prizes for their school, including $30,000 in cash and sporting goods and a new playground from Playworld Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment. One of the grand prizes will be awarded to a school that qualifies for Title I funding. Three-second place schools will each win $5,000 in prizes.

•Find Your Balance Challenge: This Challenge is designed to encourage elementary school classrooms to create an action plan that takes steps toward achieving energy balance and improving physical education and nutrition at their school. Three schools will be awarded prizes based on the creativity and achievability of their plans. The grand prize winning school will receive $30,000 in cash and sporting goods and an Ultimate Energy Balance Party. The teacher/mentor of the grand prize winning team will receive a five-night stay in a two-bedroom suite provided by Wyndham® Extra Holidays valued at up to $2,420. The second place winning school will receive $10,000 in prizes and a third place-winning school will receive $5,000 in prizes.

“To drive change in America’s schools, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is excited to announce this year’s financial incentive programs,” said Lisa Gable, President, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. “Through our curriculum, family resources, and these incentives, we are dedicated to ensuring that school communities have the resources they need to create active and healthy environments for their students.”

“Discovery Education is thrilled to work alongside the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to not only offer prizes that encourage active, healthy lifestyles but also to provide a dual language curriculum that reinforces the importance of this lifestyle beginning at a very early age,” said Mary Rollins, vice president, Discovery Education.

With the help of TogetherCounts.com, schools and families nationwide gain free access to funds and dual language resources that help to build healthy environments and reduce childhood obesity. The Together Counts initiative is a national campaign that promotes active, healthy living through energy balance – balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. The program focuses its efforts on two critical areas – families and schools. It provides tips, tools and incentives for parents, teachers and school health professionals to use in encouraging energy balance.

Juntos Contamos, the site’s Spanish language counterpart, complements its English companion by offering resources for both the home and school for K-5. Spanish-speaking families can utilize these resources to lead active, balanced lifestyles and connect what children are learning at school to their lives at home. Spanish-speaking classrooms can also take advantage of free Spanish versions of the entire K-5 Energy Balance 101 lesson plans featured on the English language site.

For additional information on Together Counts™ and these sweepstakes and challenges, visit www.togethercounts.com. You can also visit the Spanish site at www.juntoscontamos.com.

About Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 230 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools – through their Together Counts™ campaign.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education www.discoveryeducation.com.

About Wyndham® Extra Holidays
Wyndham® Extra Holidays specializes in offering quality vacation accommodations throughout the United States, including Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Fiji and Puerto Rico. Wyndham® Extra Holidays is a specialized, resort condominium rental operator and a part of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, which is headquartered in Orlando, Fla. A subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, Wyndham Vacation Ownership is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests.

About Playworld Systems, Inc.
For more than 40 years, Playworld Systems has delighted in igniting joy in people of every age and ability through play and fitness. Based on the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld Systems turns dreams into reality with its imaginative, customized commercial playground and fitness equipment. Our innovative product lines – PlayDesigns®, PlaySimple®, Playworld®, Origins™, NEOS®, ENERGI®, and LifeTrail®, to name just a few – are designed to unleash the transformational power of play, and imaginations soar and bodies strengthen along the way. An industry leader, we are first and foremost a family-owned company that cares about our customers as if they were family. Our customers benefit from unparalleled personalized attention from our network of local distributors and our value-added services. We invest significant resources to measurably reduce our impact on the environment. Our aggressive action to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) helped Playworld Systems become the first and only playground manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver. We are deeply committed to evolving the world of play by moving beyond accessibility to create truly inclusive play spaces. That’s why we developed the Inclusive Play Design Guide™, a free comprehensive resource that enables the creation of landmark inclusive play spaces.
Come out and play with us. For more information about Playworld Systems, visit www.PlayworldSystems.com.

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