Who we are
Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers -- teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more -- from within the ranks of our 60,000+ network to create healthful school changes. After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.
Our grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more than 70 organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working together, we’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they are -- in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground -- with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play actively every day.
All kids develop the lifelong habits necessary to promote health and learning.
To engage diverse organizations, leaders and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth and schools.
Our strategic goals
Under our 2009-2013 Strategic Plan, we will work with 25,000 schools to help them adopt strong wellness policies and programs that teach 10 million kids about eating healthy and being active every day. Our efforts will focus on collaborating with under-resourced schools that lack facilities, funds and expertise to provide students with opportunities to eat right and be active at school so they are ready to learn.
Created in 2002 in response to 16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher’s public call to action, Action for Healthy Kids works with schools to fight the national epidemic of childhood obesity and poor health.
Since its founding, Action for Healthy Kids and its 70+ partner organizations have turned the spotlight on the childhood obesity crisis so it’s now widely acknowledged as a top priority by health and public health professionals, government leaders, school systems and the popular media -- galvanizing invaluable support from a wide range of constituencies.
Today, Action for Healthy Kids is a leader in this national movement to improve child health, working at the federal and state levels and in school districts and school buildings nationwide.
Commitment to Change
Our guiding document, Commitment to Change, provides parents, educators, school administrators and school health volunteers with a blueprint to transform schools into healthier environments for kids by:
- Ensuring that every school is guided by a regularly updated wellness policy
- Providing all students, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, with culturally-sensitive physical activity and healthy eating educatioinal programs
- Ensuring children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily
- Making sure that all school foods meet the nutrition standards promoted in Dietary Guidelilnes for Americans
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- During the 2011-12 school year, Action for Healthy Kids promoted healthy behaviors to 10.2 million kids in 24,275 schools nationwide. (See 2011 Annual Report.)
- Our ranks of volunteers have grown from fewer than 700 in 2002 to more than 50,000 (and still growing) in 2012.
- We have a powerful partner network of more than 70 national organizations and associations representing leaders in health, education, nutrition, fitness, business, government agencies and other organizations that serve and care about youth.
- We continue to develop and refine a portfolio of programs and services to meet the growing need. These range from school nutrition and physical activity programs to expert coaching on how to develop, implement and evaluate a school wellness policy or action plan.