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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date April 11

DALLAS—Brookhaven SHAPE reached a milestone this month when Youth Service America and UnitedHealth Group recognized the program with a $500 HEROES grant.

The grant, one of 282 awarded nationwide, supports youth-led service-learning initiatives that address childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles – a goal well met by SHAPE.

"These grants were extremely competitive, and Brookhaven SHAPE exemplifies service-learning and the UnitedHealth HEROES program," said Steve Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA.

The monetary contribution will support Healthy Family Day, a SHAPE-sponsored event, said Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator. The day will include nutrition- and health-based vendors and family-friendly activities such as creating healthy snacks, according to Andrew.

The event, held on the nationally observed Global Youth Service Day, is April 20 from 3-5 p.m. in the Bldg. X lobby.

Healthy Family Day concludes a successful year for SHAPE. The YMCA, one of SHAPE's community partners, recently hired two service-learners as part-time healthy lifestyle coaches for the MEND program. Additionally, in the 2010-2011 school year, SHAPE volunteers worked a combined 441 hours with approximately 470 youth and parents in the Dallas area.

SHAPE, Sharing Healthy Alternatives toward Positive Enrichment, is a service-learning program exclusive to Brookhaven College. In its third year, SHAPE partners with area organizations to combat childhood obesity in Dallas County.

For more information about Brookhaven SHAPE, contact the Brookhaven College service-learning department at 972-860-4703. For more information about Youth Service America and Global Youth Service Day, visit



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