The Earth Times:

Americans want to improve their wellness, but are finding it difficult to keep up with regular exercise. The Amway Global Wellness Index, a new study of more than 15,000 Americans, shows that nearly one in five (18 percent) claim to never participate in a group activity, such as walking or biking with family or friends. And 23 percent — about 52 million Americans — are not exercising for at least 30 minutes or more at a time on a regular basis.

Many Americans are seeking better wellness options in their communities, so Amway Global and YMCA of the USA want to reward teens who are making a difference on this front, from setting up after-school walking groups and fitness activities to advocacy for healthier food options in their schools. A Teen Wellness Leader from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for further education plus a $1,000 donation toward his or her local YMCA. From Oct. 1 (8 a.m. EST) through Nov. 16, 2008 (10 a.m. EST), anyone can nominate a teen who is making a difference in their community. Go to to nominate a teen and for further details and official rules.

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