'Shoe Horn Shout Outs' Engage Youth in Making Sound Wellness Decisions

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A series of animated shorts called the "Shoe Horn Shout Outs" aim to educate and empower children when it comes to health, wellness and overall self-esteem.

A series of animated shorts called the "Shoe Horn Shout Outs" aim to educate and empower children when it comes to health, wellness and overall self-esteem.

The Shout Outs, which are 90-second, culturally relevant educational shorts, feature characters called the "Shoe Mates," which are animated shoes that include soccer cleats, hiking boots, ballet toe shoes and more. The videos are available at no cost via mainstream media sources to educators and caregivers for use in educating kids about important issues.

"The Shoe Horn Shout Outs were borne from a need for readily available, engaging public health awareness messages that impact basic behavior as it relates to health and wellness," said Deanne Monaghan, Principal at Active Across America, one of the organizations that produce the videos.

Much like the well-known "Schoolhouse Rock" animations, Shoe Horn Shout Outs are relevant and grounded in science, yet are engaging, memorable and entertaining. Its main character is Stinky Shoe, a lime green high top who loves to joke around with his mentor, Coach LaRoo.

The videos are the result of a collaborative effort from Active Across America and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

"We have seen a drastic rise in obesity in our youth," said Meg Miller, Principal at Active Across America. "Although there are many contributing factors, one thing we can do is empower our youth to make better decisions for the things over which they have control."

The Shoe Horn Shout Outs will be available for free once available.

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