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Friday, January 10, 2014

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Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Event Focuses on Healthy Habits

Tallahassee, Fla., January 10, 2014 - As part of the Florida Department of Education's 6th annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! celebration volunteers and teachers from around the state will introduce the comic book "Iron Man and Habit Heroes" to third, fourth and fifth grade Florida students.

Florida Blue and Marvel worked together to create a comic book that features Habit Heroes characters uniting with the world-famous armored avenger, Iron Man. The comic book conveys a positive message about healthy lifestyles in a fun and empowering way.

State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong, MD, FACS, Florida Blue Chairman and CEO Pat Geraghty and other representatives will read the comic book to students at John G. Riley Elementary School in Tallahassee. Hundreds of volunteers across the state have committed to read the comic book in more than 4,700 classrooms during the weeklong literacy celebration, ending January 17, 2014.

To kick off the event, volunteers utilized Habit Hero kits, each containing 25 copies of the comic book, wrist bands and additional activities to help engage students and their parents.

What: Habit Heroes Comic Book Reading

When: 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 13, 2014

Where: John G. Riley Elementary School
1400 Indiana St.
Tallahassee