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Local McDonald's franchise owners and GenMove USA team up to implement health and movement education initiative in the Lowcountry

Charleston, S.C. (February 10, 2012) -­] Realizing the extreme need to help a generation of children make healthy choices, local McDonald's franchise owners have teamed up with Charleston based company GenMove USA. The purpose of the local McDonald's partnership with GenMove is to provide a Health and Movement Education Initiative in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Colleton counties.

McDonald's goal is to provide more healthy choices on their menus, and help educate the community about making healthy choices in their everyday lives. Local McDonald's franchise owners have chosen to fund programs from GenMove, a health and movement education company. GenMove's goal is to help students make healthy choices by providing schools and teachers with health and movement education solutions. GenMove gives teachers the tools needed to provide their students with the opportunity to a healthy life through the love of movement activity, play, and health and nutrition.

McDonald's and GenMove will provide the following 6 elementary schools with equipment, programming, and staff training that will help enhance their physical education and health programs:

• Beech Hill Elementary School at 1001 Beech Hill Rd. in Summerville, S.C.
• Harbor View Elementary School at 1576 Harborview Rd. in Charleston, S.C.
• Forest Hills Elementary School at 633 Hiers Corner Rd. in Walterboro, S.C.
• Knightsville Elementary School at 847 Orangeburg Rd. in Summerville, S.C.
• Williams Memorial Elementary School at 290 S. Metts St. in St. George, S.C.
• Whitesville Elementary School at 324 Gaillard Rd. in Moncks Corner, S.C.

The program will kick off on Tuesday, February 14th at Harbor View Elementary School at 1576 Harborview Rd. in Charleston, S.C. from 12:45--]1:25 p.m. with a GenMove exercise filled with fun activities to get the children, schools, and community excited about the new health and movement initiative in local schools.

About McDonald's: McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi]Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com , or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products. There are 32 restaurants across the Charleston area ]] 100% are locally owned/operated by five independent franchisees.

About GenMove USA: GenMove believes that every child deserves the opportunity to have a health, active lifestyle. They are dedicated to providing programs, equipment, and professional development that assists teachers in their ability to deliver education that gives every child the experience of athletic achievements and a healthy lifestyle, regardless of physical limitations, athletic abilities, or past experiences. The aim is to positively influence today's children throughout their lives, offering solutions to fight childhood obesity from Early Childhood to grade 12, thus their motto: Moving Generations Find out more at www.genmoveusa.com  or contact Beth Wendt at 843]302]1223.

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