CINCINNATI – Good nutrition and plenty of exercise are the building blocks for strong growth, healthy development and lifelong well-being for children. Interact for Health, a regional foundation that invests in creating healthier communities, is partnering with Xavier Athletics and Learfield Sports’ Xavier Sports Properties to launch the “Healthy X Factor” contest. In an effort to spur local kids to make healthier choices each and every day, kids who share their Healthy X Factor story will be entered to win either tickets to a Xavier basketball game, or the chance to attend a VIP Xavier basketball camp this spring.
Led by Xavier University head basketball coach Chris Mack, the contest is asking area kids under the age of 13 to share what they do to be healthy each day.

“Interact for Health knows developing healthy behaviors at an early age can be a key driver in leading to better health over the course of a lifetime,” said Jim Schwab, President and CEO, Interact for Health. “Partnering with Xavier University and Coach Mack was a great way to demonstrate easy ways that kids can make healthy choices every day, and inspire them to choose healthier options moving forward.”

“We are excited to launch our partnership with Interact for Health”, said Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher. “This partnership is a great way to leverage the reach of Xavier Basketball and the expertise of Interact for Health to help create healthier kids and healthier communities. Both organizations are committed to improving the surrounding communities and I think this initiative reflects that commitment.”

About the Healthy X Factor Contest
As part of the contest, Coach Mack hosts a series of short videos featuring area kids, and easy ways they can be healthy. Whether it’s jumping rope, choosing fruit, playing ball or just dancing with friends, the Healthy X Factor contest is asking kids under the age of 13 to share their story. Kids, with their parent or guardian, can visit between now and January 6 to submit a story, photo or video describing how they have made healthy choices.
Just by sharing his or her healthy activity, kids will be entered to win:
Two tickets to the Xavier vs Seton Hall game on January 23, 2016 OR
The opportunity to attend a VIP Xavier Basketball mini-camp in spring of 2016
As an added incentive, the top three schools with the most students participating will receive Interact for Health jump ropes for every student in the school.

About Interact for Health
Interact for Health invests in healthier communities for all people. We serve as a catalyst for health and wellness by promoting healthy living through grants, education, policy, and engagement. Interact for Health is an independent nonprofit that serves 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. More information is available on our website,

About Xavier University
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No.6 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 377 Colleges in America.”

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