I am Reed Alexander, I’m an actor, and right now I’m working on an incredible show on Nickelodeon called “iCarly” and I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to say that I am involved with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a fantastic organization that was founded by the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, as we share the goal of inspring kids and their families across the country to make health a priority and to take it into their own hands, and especially to make it fun. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to visit a great school in New York called PS-2, and what was so exciting was that I really got to interact with 300 students across 3 different grade levels–fourth, fifth, and sixth–and what was so exciting for me, especially, what was so stirring, was to watch them walk along a bar of fruits and vegetables, and pick up yellow watermelon or go for the whole-grain bread. And they were really thrilled to do it; they were passionate, they were motivated, and I think that’s because of the Alliance’s influence, and especially taking into consideration that the school has taken home a silver award from the Alliance to acknowledge the incredible changes it’s made across the board. Something else that was really important to me was that I had the huge honor of taking part in a youth hosted forum for the the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in New York and it was really great because there were so many students from the New York area representing a number of different organizations that had complimented the work that the Alliance did and what was fantastic was that we opened up a dialogue about an issue that was really important to them: taking your health into your own hands and making it a priority. We know just how essential that is, especially when you start at a young age and those healthy habits become a part of you. And that’s what the goal is. That’s the objective for us. It’s so critical for me because I come from a family history with diabetes and heart disease, as someone who was overweight and has been in that boat and has that story to tell like so many other people. The opportunity to be able to get behind this cause, especially in tandem with an organization that has so much positive influence to share and is sharing everyday on a number of different levels– that’s what I’m really thankful for.