Sweat Makes Cents


More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. While obesity rates have soared among all age groups in this country, obesity is a particularly grave concern for children. Childhood obesity puts nearly one-third of America’s youth at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.


It’s not too late for our children. Every September (Childhood Obesity Awareness Month), students, educators, physicians, and parents take a stand and fight back with jumping jacks. This year, you can help bring the message back to your state, city, school, church, workplace and home with SWEAT MAKES CENTS.



What is Sweat Makes Cents?

Sweat Makes Cents is the Teen Diaries Foundation’s (TDF) fundraiser and childhood obesity awareness campaign. Annually, participants complete as many jumping jacks as possible, post a short video of themselves in action on social media, and get friends, family, and followers to sponsor 10 cents for each jumping jack they complete. For example, 100 jumping jacks helps a participant raise $10 for charity! TDF uses the money to fund fitness programs for teen girls nationwide and award student scholarships. GET FIT + GIVE BACK!

When is Sweat Makes Cents?

The fundraiser happens during the month of September (Childhood Obesity Month)!

Who participates?

Everyone participates! Principals can create a fundraiser page for their school, a fitness instructor can sign up for her class, a football team can kick off their commitment, or you can sign up as an individual. Anyone, at any age, or any gender can show their support!

What can you do to help?

Don't want to create a team fundraising page or post a video on social media? You can just make a contribution to the cause and/or help recruit sponsors for the organization through social media. Spread the word!

Is there a fundraising goal?

Each year, our goal is to raise $100,000. With a $10 sponsorship from 10,000 participants, the Teen Diaries Foundation can raise $100,000 annually to help over 20,000 female students get moving across America.

Who are the winners?

When childhood obesity rates decline, we all win! Your support helps "change" the way girls think about fitness and nutrition. Sometimes our super sweet sponsors hook up our dedicated donors based on your donation level!

I love this cause! How do I make a donation?

Just visit TeenDiariesFoundation.org/smc! It's that simple.

Download and Share!

Download and share these social media graphics to show your support for the #SweatMakesCents Challenge:


September 1st - September 30th
Download September Facebook Cover


Let's put the FUN in fundraising this year!

Thank you for supporting SWEAT MAKES CENTS! Questions? Contact SMC@teendiariesfoundation.org.