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Rockford Parent Recognized as Runner Up in Health Champion Hall of Fame Contest

Lansing, MI – Dana Kraus has been recognized as the runner up in the Michigan Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Health Champion Hall of Fame.  Kraus was recognized for her dedication to creating healthy environments through healthy fundraising tactics at Lakes Elementary School in Rockford.

Kraus, along with the Lakes Elementary PTO, created a fundraiser called “Move n’ Groove”.  The walk-a-thon encouraged students to make healthy choices and lead active lifestyles.  Students collected donations to Move’n Groove around a track at the school.  The walk-a-thon was made extra special and fun for students with music, hula-hoops, limbo, and other fun activities around the course. The fundraiser raised $14,500 to support classroom grants, library books, assemblies, DARE, musical adventures and other programs.

“Fundraising is important to most schools, but more important is the health and wellness of our students and staff,” said Jennifer Olsen, who nominated Kraus for Health Champion Hall of Fame induction.  “Dana’s ingenuity allowed Lakes Elementary to combine both fundraising and wellness into one successful and fun event. This is an event we will continue for years to come.”

The Michigan Team Nutrition Health Champion Hall of Fame, which began in March, sought out nominations of parents who do their best to bring healthy options to students while they are at school.

“We are excited that we have the chance to recognize Dana for her commitment and enthusiasm to creating healthy environments for young people,” said Nick Drzal, Michigan Team Nutrition Co-Director.  “Dana and Lankes Elementary are setting a great example for schools everywhere.”

About Michigan Team Nutrition

Michigan Team Nutrition is funded through a United States Department of Agriculture grant awarded to the Michigan Department of Education. It is a national initiative designed to motivate, encourage, and empower schools, families and the community to work together to continually improve school meals and to make food and physical activity choices for a healthy


lifestyle.  It is a team effort that involves schools, families, and the community in providing

nutrition education to kids.  Join Michigan Team Nutrition on facebook  and follow them on Twitter at


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Contact: Lisa Gill

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