BOWIE, MD—Jodi Evans, a
fourth-grader at Robert
Goddard French Immersion School, has been selected to serve on the
2012-13 Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation,
an organization founded by the American Heart Association and the William J.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth
Advisory Board is one of the only youth-led advisory groups in the country
focused on childhood obesity issues. The board advises the organization on inspiring young people to
make healthy behavior changes and advocate healthy living. In addition to their role as
advisors on childhood obesity issues, each board member is responsible for
initiating healthy changes in their own neighborhoods and school districts by
engaging in local service-learning programs.
“Prince George’s County Public Schools is
proud of Jodi for helping to spread this important message,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs,
Esq., Board of Education Chair. “Childhood obesity affects too many of our
youth. We hope that others will join Jodi in helping to educate children about
better food choices and the importance of physical activity.”
“It is important
for youth to have a voice in the fight against childhood obesity because youth
influence each other. The Alliance for a Healthier
Generation allows youth to be a positive influence on other youth in their
community,” said Evans, who lives in Bowie.
“The difference I am going to make is to help my friends make better choices,
set goals and stay committed until achieving them.”
A huge proponent of athletics, the 9-year-old has
been practicing Taekwondo for the past four years. This past year she received
a gold medal in sparring and a bronze medal in poomsae in the USA Taekwondo
2012 Junior Olympics. She wants to use the techniques from Taekwondo – such as
discipline, balance and strength – in efforts to combat childhood obesity.
nationwide search, the Alliance
selected 21 youth from diverse backgrounds to serve on the Board for one year.