As part of a nationwide effort to promote health and wellness to Americans, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has announced a new HHS challenge contest, Healthy Living Innovation Awards.
Sebelius asks citizens to submit innovative projects that help the fight against obesity and chronic disease and have an impact on communities across the nation. Projects must have been created within the last three years and increase awareness and/or encourage Americans to maintain or improve health and wellness practices.
Organizations that participate in the challenge must have projects that fall under one of three categories: increasing physical activity, inspiring nutrition or promoting healthy weight. The projects must reflect the possibility of sustainability and providing results.
Awards are broken into seven categories: faith/community initiatives, healthcare delivery, healthy workplaces (subcategories of large employers >500 and small employers <500), non-profits, Public sector, schools (early childhood – grade 12) and Let’s Move! cities and towns.
Submissions must be made electronically on March 1 by 11:59 p.m. Judging will take place March 2-31. Participants chosen by judges will have their projects posted for voting, and Secretary Sebelius will select winners from those with the highest votes. Winners will be announced June 30. Secretary Sebelius will honor winners in a ceremony in Washington, DC. They will also have the opportunity to present their projects at a national conference.
Details can be found at the Challenge.gov website.
Sebelius’ video announcement of the contest: