ING U.S. Awards More Than $100,000 in Grants to Combat Childhood Obesity

September 17, 2013 Atlanta Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

ATLANTA, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ING U.S. today announced that it has awarded 59 schools from 26 states across the U.S. with up to $2,500 grants to help students combat childhood obesity by getting them more active through school-based running programs. Through its ING Run For Something Better® School Awards Program, retirement, investment and insurance leader ING U.S., in partnership with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), is helping to introduce kindergarten through eighth-grade students across the country to the benefits of running and making healthy lifestyle choices.

The chosen schools will receive up to $2,500 in funding to support a minimum of an eight-week running program that will conclude with a culminating running event in celebration of the students' achievements. Schools will receive $1,000 immediately, with additional funds granted based on the participation in the program. Schools can download unique running lesson plans developed by AAHPERD. Other program materials, such as sample eight-week training plans, distance logs and a running journal, will aid in the development of running skills and preparation for a culminating running event.

"ING U.S. is pleased to provide grants to schools across the nation to help them engage students in healthy lifestyles changes, personal development, goal-setting and group participation," said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING U.S. Foundation and head of ING U.S.'s Office of Corporate Responsibility. "Understanding the connection between student achievement and physical well-being, we are committed to help educators empower their students to achieve a better future. ING Run For Something Better allows us to make a positive impact on educators and their students."

Grant awards were available in all states and the District of Columbia to elementary or middle schools for running programs that targeted kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Nearly 300 schools applied for the 2013 ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program. An AAHPERD review board consisting of 80 teachers and education administrators reviewed all applications.

Nationally, ING U.S. has committed more than $4 million of grants to school-based running programs through ING Run For Something Better. In 2012, the ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program awarded 50 grants to schools in 26 states providing 7,318 students the opportunity to discover running as a fun and easy way to increase physical activity and learn how to make healthy lifestyles choices. Students participating in the program ran a total of 128,045 miles — that's over 2,253,592 football fields!

"AAHPERD is thrilled to once again be a part of this exciting opportunity for children by assisting schools in providing another outlet for their students to be active," said Cheryl Richardson, senior director of programs at AAHPERD. "Through programs such as the ING Run For Something Better grant opportunity, we are helping children achieve the minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity they need every day and we are introducing them to activities that they will enjoy doing for a lifetime."

Research has shown that running is a great physical activity for promoting good health and self-confidence. It qualifies as a life sport; one in which participants are likely to maintain over their life spans. Running helps build strong bones and muscles, contributes to fitness, and lends itself to personal goal-setting. Additionally, recent research has shown that students who are healthy and physically active are more likely to be motivated, attentive and successful academically.

To learn more about the program and how to get your school involved, visit www.orangelaces.com. Grant applications for 2014 will be accepted beginning in December 2013.

Press inquiries:


Phil Margolis

Paula Kun

ING U.S.

AAHPERD

Office: 860.580.2676

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phil.margolis@us.ing.com


About ING U.S.
ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which plans to rebrand in the future as Voya Financial, is a premier retirement, investment and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company's vision is to be America's Retirement Company and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, ING U.S. provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, ING U.S. is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family and one institution at a time. For more information, visit http://ing.us.

About the ING Run For Something Better®
ING Run For Something Better® helps fund school-based running programs and final-mile running events across America. As part of ING U.S.'s commitment to education, the program advocates curbing childhood obesity through prevention — teaching kids early on about the benefits of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Nationally, ING U.S. has committed more than $4 million of grants to school-based running programs through ING Run For Something Better. Since 2006, the program has raised an additional $1.7 million through its "Orange Laces" campaign. For every $10 donation, supporters receive a pair of orange shoelaces, symbolizing that they're "tied" to youth fitness. All net proceeds go to ING Run For Something Better fitness programs. For more information about ING Run For Something Better, go to orangelaces.com.

About the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
The vision of AAHPERD is "Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!" Headquartered in Reston, Va., 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport — all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Founded in 1885, its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. For more information, visit www.aahperd.org.

2013 ING Run For Something Better School Grant Winners

School

City

State

Tuscaloosa Magnet School

Tuscaloosa

AL

Bluff Park Elementary School

Hoover

AL

AEA Middle School

San Diego

CA

Oak Knoll Elementary School

Menlo Park

CA

Loma Vista Middle School

Riverside

CA

Conejo Elementary School

Thousand Oaks

CA

Etna Elementary School

Etna

CA

Canfield Avenue Elementary School

Los Angeles

CA

Foothill Oak Elementary School

Vista

CA

Trailblazers Academy

Stamford

CT

Forbes School

Torrington

CT

Partin Settlement Elementary School

Kissimmee

FL

Kea'au Elementary School

Kea'au

HI

Fern Elementary School

Honolulu

HI

Kinsey Elementary School

Sioux Center

IA

Moscow Middle School

Moscow

ID

Talman Elementary School

Chicago

IL

Pecatonica Elementary School

Pecatonica

IL

Tabernacle Christian Academy

Chicago

IL

SUPER School at Frederick Douglass School 19

Indianapolis

IN

South Haven Elementary School

Valparaiso

IN

North Fairview Elementary School

Topeka

KS

St. Andrew's Episcopal School

New Orleans

LA

Prescott Middle School

Baton Rouge

LA

South River School

Marshfield

MA

Carroll Manor Elementary School

Adamstown

MD

ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL

HAVELOCK

NC

Mountain View School

Hays

NC

Cedar Grove Middle School

Supply

NC

Brogden Primary School

Dudley

NC

Leonard V. Moore Middle School

Roselle

NJ

Elizabeth Lenz Elementary School

Reno

NV

Manorhaven Elementary School

Port Washington

NY

Bronx Charter School for Excellence

Bronx

NY

Eden II School for Autistic Children

Staten Island

NY

Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School

Amsterdam

NY

Schrop Intermediate School

Akron

OH

Orchard Park Elementary School

Kettering

OH

Markham Elementary School

Pittsburgh

PA

Goodnoe Elementary School

Newtown

PA

Forest Hills Elementary School

Sidman

PA

Homer-Center Elementary School

Homer City

PA

McKean Elementary School

McKean

PA

I.B.Tigrett Middle School

Jackson

TN

Daggett Montessori School

Fort Worth

TX

Livingston Intermediate School

Livingston

TX

Manara Academy

Irving

TX

Riverside Elementary School

Washington

UT

Bonneville Elementary School

Salt Lake City

UT

Venable Elementary School

Charlottesville

VA

Crestwood Elementary School

North Chesterfield

VA

Triangle Elementary School

Triangle

VA

Lakeside Elementary School

Richmond

VA

Jefferson Elementary School

Port Angeles

WA

Canyon Creek Elementary School

Bothell

WA

Seaview Elementary School

Edmonds

WA

International School

Bellevue

WA

Longfellow Elementary School

Clintonville

WI

Waupaca Learning Center

Waupaca

WI

SOURCE ING U.S.

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