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  • Kids for Peace(NEW YORK) — The founders of the "Great Kindness Challenge," a grassroots campaign aimed at spreading goodwill and happiness in schools across the country, appeared on Good Morning America Monday to share the work they are doing to make the world a better place.Jill McManigal, 52, from Carlsbad, California, said that she originally started the Great Kindness Challenge in her backyard with her children, who were only seven and four years old at the time, and their neighborhood friends. Together, the group formed what became "Kids for Peace," an international non-profit that spearheaded the Great Kindness Challenge, a challenge taken by schools and youth groups to perform as many acts of kindness from a list 50 acts as possible over the course of the week."My inspiration is creating a world where everyone is loved and cared for and happy," McManigal told ABC News. "The mission of the Great Kindness Challenge is to create school environments where all students thrive.""We want all children and all students to recognize the goodness in others, and this gives them the platform to do that," McManigal said of the challenge.In 2012, she brought the challenge to three local schools in her community, including the elementary school her children attended. The following year, 263 schools participated in the challenge. This year, more than 12,000 schools, and over 10 million students across the country, are participating in the challenge.To participate in the Great Kindness Challenge, students receive a checklist of 50 simple, kind, acts that they can accomplish. Students are encouraged to try and complete all 50 random acts of kindness over the course of one week. Some of the items on the list are as simple as smiling at 25 people, while others might encourage students to step out of their comfort zones by sitting with someone new at lunch.Richard Tubbs, the principal of Hope Elementary School in Carlsbad, Calif., which was one of the first schools to implement the Great Kindness Challenge, said in a statement that he believes "it’s very important that everyone is always thinking about ways to be kind.""We just want everyone to be able to share that same kindness wherever they go in their community, around the world," Tubbs added.McManigal said the reaction to the challenge at schools has been overwhelmingly positive."I see that everyone is just a bit more or a lot more happier," McManigal said. "There is such a power in doing for others, and also from receiving."McManigal added that teachers have also been very supportive of the Great Kindness Challenge in their schools because it "because they see their students reaching out to each other and being very conscious of their actions and words, so it makes for a happier and healthier learning environment."The materials that educators need to implement the Great Kindness Challenge in their schools is all free, according to McManigal, who added that they have over 25,000 volunteers with their organization working to implement the challenge in local schools.McManigal added that the joy that the program brings to schools and communities is "palpable.""As the children are given permission to go out there and really exert their kindness," McManigal said. "It creates this joy that is palpable on campuses."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With President-elect Donald Trump pledging to "repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many have been looking for signs of what a replacement plan might look like. One clue may be a plan proposed in 2015 by Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, who faces his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.Price, who has been a longtime critic of the ACA, is a member of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, which is made up of congressional members who are doctors and focuses on developing “patient-centered” health care policy. He also served for several years as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a large and influential conservative House caucus.A year after the ACA passed, Price released a statement calling the law "a costly and misguided encroachment of government that will destroy jobs and drive our nation further toward a fiscal crisis."He characterized the law as "failing" and argued that it should be replaced."The purpose of health reform should be to advance accessibility, affordability, quality, responsiveness, and innovation," Price said at the time. "None of these are improved by Obamacare. They are threatened by Obamacare because the goal of this law is to expand authority for the government, not opportunity and choices for the American people."Price's Proposal to Repeal the ACAIn 2015, Price introduced a bill called the Empowering Patients First Act of 2015 in the House.In the legislation, he proposed an increase in the amount people could contribute to their health savings accounts, expanding tax-deductible contributions and allowing the accounts to pay some primary care fees.The proposal also included a requirement that HHS would "provide a grant to each state for high-risk pools or reinsurance pools to subsidize health insurance for high-risk populations and individuals."High-risk health pools could be used to give people who are often challenged in finding affordable insurance, due to pre-existing conditions, age or other factors, another outlet to find insurance outside their employer-based coverage.Prior to the ACA, many states had high-risk pools to cover residents who otherwise would not be insured because of pre-existing conditions. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that state high-risk pools often had significantly higher premiums and likely included just a fraction of people who needed coverage.Under the ACA, insurance companies are mandated to provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and prohibited from charging them higher premiums. Insurers also cannot charge women more than men.Price's proposed legislation calls for individuals to receive tax credits to help pay for medical coverage. The plan increases the tax credits as a person ages, with a top level of $3,000. Tax credits, tax deductions and authorized funds in this plan could not be used to fund most abortions.Under the ACA, federal tax subsidies are given based on income up to a certain level based on the state.Federal protections for pre-existing conditions would be weakened, but not entirely eliminated under Price's 2015 proposal. Insurance companies could potentially charge up to 150 percent of standard premiums for two years, if the individual has not had continuous health insurance for the last 18 months.His plan also proposed allowing individuals to opt out of government health care programs like Medicare or Medicaid and receive a tax credit instead. Medicare patients would be able to pick doctors outside the Medicare system without penalty.Additionally, the bill proposed a transfer of power to states to govern health insurance laws, which could possibly eliminate current federal pre-existing condition rules in favor of giving states incentives to pass their own laws governing the protection.The 'Better Way' ProposalPrice has also publicly supported Representative Paul Ryan's call for repealing and replacing the ACA
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is bringing his exclusive "Legsanity" workout to a special GMA live stream."This workout is all about toning, tightening, sculpting an incredible lower body," he told GMA. "The lower body is the foundation of the whole body. Without strong legs, there is no strong body."Pasternak, a best-selling author and Fitbit Ambassador, is leading a workout live-streamed on ABCNews.com/live and on the GMA Facebook page Wednesday. Fitbit is a sponsor of Good Morning America.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(AURORA, Ill.) — Illinois brothers Jose and Ivan Favela are used to sharing the spotlight: They announced their engagements on the same day, they married their wives, side by side, in a joint wedding ceremony, and on Sunday, they both welcomed their first-born children, ABC-owned station WLS reported."He said, 'You're going to be an uncle.' I was telling him, 'You're going to be an uncle too,'" Jose Favela told WLS.The baby boys, Rodrigo and Josue, were born just steps away from each other in neighboring hospital rooms at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois. The newborn cousins were not due on the same day, the family said.The infants' mothers were thrilled, WLS reported. "I'm happy for them, and us too," said Sarai Duran. Added Elvia Chaidez, "I guess we just have to enjoy it. A big party all the time."This is not the first time that first cousins have been born there on the same day, the hospital said, but given the brothers' shared history, this situation was especially serendipitous, WLS reported.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Alo Ceballos/GC Images(NEW YORK) — A couple of weeks after welcoming her first child, Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd took to Instagram to get real about her post-baby body.Murgatroyd and her fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy welcomed son Shai Aleksander on Jan. 4."Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most," she wrote, alongside a picture of her proudly displaying her body.She continued, "The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey."Murgatroyd, 30, also added in a hashtag that "shaiiswortheverypound."The Dancing duo announced their engagement in December 2015. Six months later, they revealed they were expecting their first child, whom they welcomed earlier this month.
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