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, make a $0.10 donation for every jumping jack they complete and challenge friends, family, and followers to do the same. For example, a participant's 100 jumping jacks raises $10 (tax deductible) for charity! TDF, our 501c3 nonprofit organization, uses the money to fund childhood obesity prevention programs nationwide, train female health leaders on college campuses, and award student scholarships. Watch some video examples of how supporters GET FIT + GIVE BACK!
When is SWEAT MAKES CENTS?
The fundraiser happens during the month of September (Childhood Obesity Month)!
Everyone participates! Principals can create a fundraiser page for their school, a fitness instructor can sign up for her class (GET DETAILS), 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!
(CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED)
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?
This year, our goal is to raise $20,000. With a $10 sponsorship from 2,000 participants, the Teen Diaries Foundation can raise $100,000 annually to help over 20,000 female students get moving across America. With a $10 donation from 2,000 participants, the Teen Diaries Foundation can provide 9 journalism scholarships, train health leaders on 20 college campuses and college graduates in Philadelphia, DC, and Atlanta, and inspire over 200,000 students to get moving across America. Take a look at the impact made in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017!
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! This year, donors who contribute $150+ will be entered to win TWO Jet Blue Airlines Travel Certificates!
I love this cause! How do I make a donation?
Start jumping, post your video on social media, tag TWO friends and DONATE HERE! It's that simple. Don't forget to use the hashtag #SweatMakesCents so we can repost your video :-)
Download and Share!
Download and share these social media graphics to show your support for the #SweatMakesCents Challenge:
CHILD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH
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.