On October 7, 2015, twelve students from First Avenue School in Newark and 75 participants in the Johnson & Johnson IT Women’s Leadership Institute Summit joined together to launch the Gateway to a Healthy Community—Healthier Kids WLI IT Calorie Challenge. On that October morning, the twelve students led their adult counterparts in a rigorous 12-minute activity break, demonstrating the Johnson & Johnson program the students use to stay fit, and reminding the adults just how fun it can be to learn and move at the same time.
Members of the Johnson & Johnson IT Women’s Leadership Institute group met with students from First Avenue Elementary School in Newark this fall. The adults, inspired by the children’s example, issued a simple challenge: Every calorie the students burned off with in their daily classroom-based exercise sessions would lead to a corresponding donation of a calorie of food to malnourished children and their mothers in Northern Nigeria.
Neither the kids nor the adults have looked back.
As of November 20, 2015, the kids and adults together had burned more than 1,000,000 calories, providing enough fodder for food to save 15 lives.