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HealthStart Teaches Healthy Habits with the Launch of Monstralia at International Games Day
AUSTIN, TX, November 5, 2018 – HealthStart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping change the health of its community through early health education, will launch the mobile game, Monstralia™: A Healthy Life for Your Little Monster during International Games Day. The community is invited to join HealthStart Foundation at the Austin Central Library on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. CT as they launch the game. Children will have the opportunity to play and download the Monstralia game in the Google Play store.
Through the Monstralia™ mobile game, young children, ages three to eight, will learn about healthy habits when they take care of the baby monsters who live on the Island of Monstralia. The health concepts found in the game include what to eat, types of physical activities needed to take care of your body, how to take care of one another, and how each part of the body takes care of us.
HealthStart began working on the game’s concept three years ago when the nonprofit participated in the ATX Hack for Change, hosted at St. Edward’s University, which brings technical talent and game designers together with social innovators to bring about social good through technology. HealthStart found a team of volunteers interested in helping to create a demo for the game that would become Monstralia.
“Monstralia takes the lessons HealthStart teaches in the classroom and puts them on mobile devices so good health lessons can go where kids are,” said Robin Herskowitz, Founder, HealthStart Foundation.
A year later, HealthStart became the St. Edward’s University Senior Game Design class’ client.
"Our relationship with HealthStart Foundation has been an outstanding opportunity for our students to get real-world experience making a game for a client. It's been a wonderful learning experience for our students as they express through gameplay HealthStart's core message of making healthy food choices,"said Robert Denton Bryant, Director of the Video Game Development Program, St. Edward's University.
To sign up to attend International Games Day and join HealthStart for the Monstralia™ game launchat the Austin Central Library, please visit: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Public-Library-Board-Game-Meetup/events/254219366/.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHAT: Monstralia™: A Healthy Life For Your Little Monster mobile game launch
WHERE: Austin Central Library, 3rd Floor, 710 W Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701
About HealthStart Foundation:
Since 2010, HealthStart Foundation’s early, science-based health education programs have set a strong foundation for a healthier tomorrow. HealthStart gives children the blueprints for lifelong well-being by teaching kids to nourish their bodies, what role physical fitness plays in good health, and why caring for one another and our environment is essential for a healthy community. www.healthstartfoundation.org
About St. Edward’s University:
St. Edward’s University Bachelor’s in Video Game Development is unique in North America. The University’s majors learn the entire process of making games, from concept to release. In addition students develop communication and problem-solving skills through games projects that prepare them for leadership positions in the games industry.
Robin Herskowitz , Executive Director
HealthStart Foundation, Inc.
HealthStart is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Caring Communities Create Capable Children: C’s The Day! Mini-grant by the Michael and Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health. HealthStart has been a participating member of the Collaborative since 2016. HealthStart strongly believes a child’s social and emotional well-being is as important to good health as the child’s physical well-being. That’s why our curriculum and workshops incorporate lessons promote both aspects of good health equally. The mini-grant will be used to fund one of the Community Health Education Workshops this summer at the Housing Authority of Central Austin (HACA), bringing health education to children in the Austin Community.
HealthStart is thrilled to announce that GetPayRoll.Com has awarded HealthStart Foundation a year of free payroll services. HealthStart was one of 10 nonprofits selected nationwide by GetPayroll.com for this honor. This in-kind donation allows us to place additional funds directly into their programs, reaching more kids and creating healthier communities.
HealthStart Foundation Announces its 6th Annual I Heart HealthStart Gala
AUSTIN, TX, March 30, 2018 – HealthStart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping change the health of its community through early health education, will host its 6th Annual I Heart HealthStart Gala on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to raise funds to bring Children’s Health Education Workshops (CHEWs) to low-income kids who live in public housing.
The Gala takes place at Gather Austin in Central Austin. Festivities include delicious bites from Deckhands, The Steeping Room, House Park BBQ and other great local restaurants to nourish every part of your body, live music, and a silent auction featuring a week’s stay in a Cape Cod home. Conclude the evening with a square dance with Sharon Isaac & The Barn Owls. This exciting event brings together people in our community that are committed to helping children build healthy futures with a goal of raising $25,000 throughout the night for HealthStart’s new program, CHEWs.
“We have been blessed by strong support from the Austin business community with support from Envolve PeopleCare, Central Health, MSW Lounge, The Ross Law Group, Skout, Austin Title and First American Title.” said Robin Herskowitz, founder and Executive Director of HealthStart Foundation. “ We’ve reached about 2,400 Central Texas kids to-date, but there is so much more to do!
For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.healthstartfoundation.org/.
About HealthStart Foundation:
Since 2010, HealthStart Foundation’s early, science-based health education programs have set a strong foundation for a healthier tomorrow. HealthStart gives children the blueprints for lifelong well-being by teaching kids to nourish their bodies, what role physical fitness plays in good health, and why caring for one another and our environment is essential for a healthy community.
Erin Damm, Outreach Coordinator
HealthStart Foundation, Inc.