Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Success Stories
September 23, 2016
Healthy eating and physical activity are not always easy to achieve, but these organizations, programs, and schools are showing how it can be done.
- The Summer Camp Healthy Habits Program in Gwinnett County, Georgia, used the The National AfterSchool Association's Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards (which HOST created) to "[transform] a program built around standard summer camp activities into a focused program designed to educate campers and families on how to make low-fat food choices, eat high-fiber diets, drink more water and exercise regularly," reports Afterschool Alliance.
- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation speaks with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which operates Kid's Cafe, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program for Los Angeles County reaching over 320,000 people each month.
- Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) profiles the West Iron County School District in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where over 70 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. The district has offered universal breakfast to students in pre-K through 12th grade for the past three years, with the help of an AFHK school breakfast grant funded by Walmart Foundation, and has implemented a variety of physical activity initiatives.
- How can cities provide healthy meals to children year-round? The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and support from the Walmart Foundation, awarded grants to help 41 cities across the country serve over 10 million afterschool and summer meals to 100,000 children over the last five years.
- Loma Vista Middle School in Riverside, California, was named named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Salud Today explains how the school, where 90 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, nevertheless created a "culture of health."