2009 Action for Healthy Kids
The Child Health Crisis <ul><li>32% of American children (12 million+) are overweight or obese </li></ul><ul><li>Over the ...
The Impending Economic Crisis <ul><li>During 2006, medical spending attributable to obesity was estimated at $86 billion a...
The School Opportunity  <ul><li>Improve the quality of school foods; </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance nutrition education;  </li>...
Action for Healthy Kids Model <ul><li>Last year, we reached 1,100 school districts, 8,000 schools and  3.7 million kids! <...
Building a Nationwide Movement > 11,800 Volunteers in 51 Teams Successful Programs across the U.S. 65 National  Partner Or...
Our Development & Growth Action for Healthy Kids started with a handful of members in 2002. We’re now more than 11,800 str...
Campaigning for School Wellness by Building Family-School-Community Partnerships Campaigning for School Wellness School St...
Programs, Services and Resources <ul><li>Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge </li></ul...
Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge Evidence demonstrates that Game On! improves  knowledge, behavior  and  attitudes...
Students Taking Charge <ul><li>Engages  youth leaders  in high schools </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces youth leaders to the  ...
ReCharge! Energizing AfterSchool <ul><li>Four core concepts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy In </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>En...
Local Teams  <ul><li>New Hampshire  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual trade show for school nutrition services  </li></ul></ul>...
www.ActionforHealthyKids.org
New England Regional Network  <ul><li>Spring 2009 Kick-off  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory Council  </li></ul></ul><ul><li...
Action For Healthy Kids Goals <ul><li>From 2009-2012, Action for Healthy Kids will support…  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4,500 s...
Our Strategic Plan <ul><li>Support school wellness nationwide, especially in underserved communities </li></ul><ul><li>Rai...
<ul><li>“ Action for Healthy  Kids is unique because it zeros in on schools’ needs at a local and district level, and help...
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Building a Movement for Children's Health from Harvard Pilgrim's Growing Up Healthy conference (11/4/09)

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  • Our standard operating model includes the following activities: Deploy national and local experts to help school districts and schools develop an action plan for health Conduct a community readiness assessment Utilize an assessment of school needs for health, nutrition and physical activity Provide training to school staff, students and parents to implement the action plan Deliver materials, programs and community support Evaluate and promote success Our Infrastructure AFHK has a national staff of 14 full time staff with expertise in the field of nutrition, physical activity and social justice AFHK has a highly collaborative partnership network of 65 national organizations AFHK has a national volunteer network of over 11,500 professionals advancing solutions to the issue
  • Current membership – 11,766 volunteers Goals for 2009-2011 volunteer recruitment and management: Build volunteer corps by 15% each year Expand the work of volunteers in schools in underserved communities Assign a volunteer advocate as AFHK’s liaison to one-third (approximately 5,000) of school districts nationwide
  • Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge is a year-long program that challenges America’s youth, their families and schools to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives.
  • The target audience of Students Taking Charge is youth leaders who are already engaged in teams in their schools through FCCLA, SADD, Key Club, Student Council, Future Educators of America, and other high school organizations. As youth who are already making a difference in the school, these students have the capacity to take on a program like STC, to learn about importance of school wellness, and to gain skills in advocacy to become change agents within their school communities. The goal of Students Taking Charge, as with all of Action for Healthy Kids work, is to create a network of people who care—in this case, students—who will become a lasting human endowment to make real and sustainable changes in these schools. Teams will support this work through micro- and mini-grants; technical assistance; train-the-trainer programs for adult facilitators; and other activities. In this year’s action plans, the Teams are encouraged to connect with these students through youth-friendly volunteer opportunities, advocacy opportunities, and the formation of a youth advisory board within the state.
  • Promotes national standards for health education, physical activity and parent involvement, and the 2005 U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines ReCharge! was developed by content experts in education, fitness, nutrition, and after-school organizations
  • Action For Healthy Kids

    1. 1. 2009 Action for Healthy Kids
    2. 2. The Child Health Crisis <ul><li>32% of American children (12 million+) are overweight or obese </li></ul><ul><li>Over the last 30 years, the percentage of overweight children has nearly tripled </li></ul><ul><li>Only 2% of school-age children consume the recommended daily servings from all food groups </li></ul><ul><li>Only 4% of elementary schools offer daily PE </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s youth may become the 1 st generation in 100 years to have a lower projected life expectancy than their parents </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Impending Economic Crisis <ul><li>During 2006, medical spending attributable to obesity was estimated at $86 billion and the annual medical burden of obesity could be as high as $147 billion per year (in 2008 dollars) </li></ul><ul><li>Medical spending for the obese is $1,429 higher per year (42% higher) than for someone with normal weight </li></ul><ul><li>Dating back to 1995, it was estimated that 39.3 million workdays were lost annually to obesity-related causes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In addition, obesity was responsible for 239.0 million restricted-activity days, 89.5 million bed-days, and 62.7 million physician visits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>According to the CDC, chronic diseases account for 70% of the $1 trillion in annual U.S. healthcare expenditures </li></ul>
    4. 4. The School Opportunity <ul><li>Improve the quality of school foods; </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance nutrition education; </li></ul><ul><li>Improve and increase physical education; and </li></ul><ul><li>Increase physical activity for kids. </li></ul>Action for Healthy Kids helps school districts and schools, especially those in underserved communities : 16 th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher AFHK Founder
    5. 5. Action for Healthy Kids Model <ul><li>Last year, we reached 1,100 school districts, 8,000 schools and 3.7 million kids! </li></ul>
    6. 6. Building a Nationwide Movement > 11,800 Volunteers in 51 Teams Successful Programs across the U.S. 65 National Partner Organizations
    7. 7. Our Development & Growth Action for Healthy Kids started with a handful of members in 2002. We’re now more than 11,800 strong, including 19% growth during 2008-2009. This grassroots network is the only one its kind in the U.S.
    8. 8. Campaigning for School Wellness by Building Family-School-Community Partnerships Campaigning for School Wellness School Stakeholders Students Community Stakeholders Parents
    9. 9. Programs, Services and Resources <ul><li>Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students Taking Charge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ReCharge! Energizing After-School </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coaching to schools, teams and communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mini-grants direct to schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert reports </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge Evidence demonstrates that Game On! improves knowledge, behavior and attitudes for eating healthy food and being physically active. A year-long program that challenges America’s youth, their families and schools to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives.
    11. 11. Students Taking Charge <ul><li>Engages youth leaders in high schools </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces youth leaders to the power of advocacy and empower them as effective change agents in school communities </li></ul><ul><li>Drives real and sustainable change in the school health environment </li></ul>
    12. 12. ReCharge! Energizing AfterSchool <ul><li>Four core concepts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy In </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal-setting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009-2012 plans: </li></ul><ul><li>Expand distribution with 7,500 kits over next 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Will Reach 50,000 2 nd - 6 th graders and their families </li></ul>
    13. 13. Local Teams <ul><li>New Hampshire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual trade show for school nutrition services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ReCharge! training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run, Pedal, Paddle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel Up to Play 60 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network connecting statewide work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students Taking Charge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ReCharge! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual legislative breakfast </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. www.ActionforHealthyKids.org
    15. 15. New England Regional Network <ul><li>Spring 2009 Kick-off </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory Council </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Six New England State Teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CT, NH, RI, ME, MA, VT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating an infrastructure and movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing resources and networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer recruitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring 2010 event </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Action For Healthy Kids Goals <ul><li>From 2009-2012, Action for Healthy Kids will support… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4,500 school districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25,000 schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10,000,000 kids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… with resources, programs and services to improve nutrition and physical activity policies, practices and outcomes. That’s 1 out of every 5 schools. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Our Strategic Plan <ul><li>Support school wellness nationwide, especially in underserved communities </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of issue and advocate for change </li></ul><ul><li>Expand needed infrastructure to promote sustainable change </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver quality programs and services through our school health model </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct effective fundraising and resource stewardship </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>“ Action for Healthy Kids is unique because it zeros in on schools’ needs at a local and district level, and helps schools individualize their efforts according to the needs presented.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mindy Frejkowski, school nurse, Chillicothe, OH </li></ul>Why Our Model Works
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