LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. Awarded Youth Wellness Grant By Target To Support Healthy Eating, Active Learning Initiative

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The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) initiative engages elementary students in active learning and living through after-school programming across four LNESC sites.

Today, LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) announced it has launched the HEAL program in partnership with the Target Corporation as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts. The $100,000 grant award will help the program serve four cities, spanning three states.

The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) initiative engages elementary students in active learning and living through after-school programming across four LNESC sites, including; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas, TX; and Houston, TX. Utilizing the Five for Life® basic program, a curriculum providing fundamental fitness and health concepts, students will learn useful methods enabling them to make healthy choices through exercise, fitness, health, and personal achievement. The second component of the program will educate students and their families on understanding nutrition labels and learning daily caloric intake guidelines to promote a healthier lifestyle.

“LNESC is proud to announce the launch of the program and partnership expansion with the Target Corporation to now include our new Healthy Eating, Active Learning initiative,” said Richard Roybal, LNESC Executive Director. “Various studies suggest students who exercise regularly are more alert and able to stay on task in an educational setting, thus increasing their academic success. We hope to encourage students and their families to live healthier lifestyles through nutrition and exercise.”

“At Target, we are committed to helping make wellness a way of life for our team members, guests and communities,” said Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “That’s why we are excited to partner with an impressive array of organizations who are already doing such important work to make an impact in the wellness space. Together, we will help remove barriers to wellness in our communities, working to increase the consumption of nutrient-dense food and physical activity of kids and families across the country.”

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities. Target also is partnering closely with local leaders and organizations in communities around the country who are experts in youth wellness and actively working to close the wellness gap for children. These efforts are part of Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week.

About LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.
Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students. More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at http://www.LNESC.org.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,795 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Contacts
LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC)
Dorian Diaz, Director of Development, (202) 835-9646, ext. 113
Monica Norris, National Executive Administrative Assistant, (202) 835-9646

Target Corporation
Angie Thompson, Communications, (612) 761-4965
Target Media Hotline, (612) 696-3400

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