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  • 33

    percent of American 3rd graders are overweight

  • 70

    Percent of overweight adolescents will stay that way

  • 40

    Percent of overweight youth exhibit metabolic syndrome

  • 100

    Percent of these overweight youth are more apt to have personal, relationship and school issues

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Why Community?

Social offerings –places for people to meet each other and the feeling that people in the community care about each other– are found to be the #1 key driver to community attachment.  Communities with increased community attachment experience increased local economic growth (2010, Soul of the Community Report).

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Why School Attachment?

Youth that feel connected to school have better academic outcomes, better school attendance, higher academic performance, and higher school completion rates (Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students’ Motivation to Learn, National Research Council, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2004.)  Belonging to a positive peer group and adult support are factors that increase school connectedness (CDC Fostering School Connectedness Overview).