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National Voices of Health

Vote For a Healthy Houston

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Shape Up Houston, the non-profit whose mantra is “good health is good business” and working to tackle the obesity epidemic in our community, has recently been selected to compete in the Aetna National Voices of Health Campaign. Shape Up Houston is the only Houston area non-profit to be selected to participate in the campaign and one of only 31 non-profits nationwide to receive the honor. The winner of the national award, the organization that earns the most votes on an Aetna website, will receive a $30,000 grant to be used to further their mission. The second place winner will win a $20,000 grant. If supporters share on Facebook and Twitter after they vote for Shape Up Houston, they can qualify for prizes like Texans tickets, an iPad, Seasons 52 restaurant gift cards, and t-shirts.

Aetna Voices of Health is part of the nationwide health insurance company’s ongoing commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The campaign acknowledges organizations working in their local communities “to encourage racial and ethnic equality in healthcare.” Shape Up Houston’s work is addressing the obesity epidemic throughout Houston, and this public health crisis is most prevalent in low-income communities, which is a barrier to economic freedom and success.

“We are truly honored to have the great distinction of representing Houston in this national competition,“ said Shape Up Houston founder and president Lan Bentsen. “Now we are calling on all of our friends and supporters to get online today and take about three seconds of their time to vote for us so we can win a $30,000 grant and keep us in the business of getting Houston healthier.“

Shape Up Houston, which provides a low cost and effective worksite wellness program for Houston area employers and free health tracking tools for individuals, was selected after submitting an application and a short video that explains the organization’s mission.

Other participating employers include, H-E-B, YMCA, Brochsteins, Alief Independent School District and the City of Houston, among others.

To vote for Shape Up Houston to win a $30,000 grant, please go to http://www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com/shape-up-houston.php and click Vote here. It only takes 3 seconds and voters will not be subscribed to a 3rd-party email list.

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