Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can lead healthier lives.
The Colorado AFHK state team collaborates with schools, districts and other community partners to engage parent volunteers in school wellness activities. Through our Parents for Healthy Kids educational series and our Parent Advocate Program, we teach parents how to work with schools and how to become advocates for healthier school policies, practices and programs. We give grants to schools and parent organizations to implement alternative breakfast programs, school gardens, nutrition education, physical activity programs and other healthy school practices.
With the second-fastest growing rate of overweight and obese children in the nation, Colorado has a critical need to make our school environment as healthy as possible and parents are an essential, but often overlooked, partner in making this successful. Targeting parents of school-aged children advances the family-school partnership model by empowering parents to bring insight, new ideas and leadership to the planning and implementation process around school health.
Every spring Colorado AFHK honors members of our Parent Network with "Parents are the Power" Healthy School Hero Awards. Nominated by their school communities, these heroes demonstrate exceptional dedication and service towards the vision, mission and goals of Action for Healthy Kids through volunteer work in their schools. Read about our 2013 "Parents are the Power" Healthy School Heroes.
Parent Advocate Program
The Colorado AFHK Parent Advocate Program is in its third year and is recruiting parents for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Selected parents receive leadership training, coaching, funding assistance and resources to build school wellness teams and help develop school health plans. Parent projects can focus on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity or both, such as:
• Healthy and active classroom parties and family events
• Brain breaks and energizers in the classroom
• Taste tests to introduce students to new fruits and vegetables
• Recess Before Lunch using Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge
• Active indoor recess to keep kids moving on inside days
• Before and after school running or activity clubs
• Walk or bike to school programs
• Healthy fundraisers
Program Requirements – applicants must be the parent, guardian or caregiver of a school-age child, have a passion for children's health issues, and be connected to a K-12 school with at least 40% eligibility for free-reduced price school meals.
Applications now being accepted for winter/spring 2014.
Parents for Healthy Kids Education Series
Colorado AFHK partners with school districts, parent groups and community organizations to provide in-person trainings to engage parents on school wellness teams and to advocate for healthy school practices.
The Parents for Healthy Kids Leadership Series teaches parents how to work collaboratively within their school communities to improve policy and practices related to school nutrition and physical activity. The multi-part series covers the basics of how school systems work, project planning, wellness policies and the most effective ways to advocate for change. Parents learn how to build awareness, support and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis, reviewing current school customs, and sharing best practices and success stories. They learn how to turn a project into a community effort that has a lasting impact, and they are armed with project ideas and resources related to the school food culture, school meals and physical activity.
The series is also offered nationally as a set of live and archived webinars for all interested parents and school community members. Handouts for each topic area along with supplementary tipsheets and planning forms are available to download individually or as a complete toolkit. Visit the Parents for Healthy Kids page to learn more.
Team Healthy Kids Colorado & the Colfax Marathon
Team Healthy Kids Colorado is fielding a race team for the 2014 Colfax Marathon. Stay tuned for registration details coming soon!
School Grants for Healthy Kids
Colorado AFHK is happy to announce that sixteen Colorado schools (in five school districts) are receiving over $45,000 in funding during 2013-2014 to start or bolster alternative school breakfast programs for hungry kids.
Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Eating breakfast improves children’s educational performance, behavior and health. Unfortunately, twenty two percent of Colorado children do not eat breakfast and likely go to school hungry. Our School Grants for Healthy Kids are helping to ensure that kids in these sixteen schools have access to breakfast and can start their day on a level playing field.
Generous funding from the Kellogg’s ® Share Breakfast ™ campaign and the Walmart Foundation make these grants possible. Learn more about these grant programs and see our list of granted schools in Colorado.
Share Healthy Food & Activity at School
Birthdays, Celebrations, Family Events, Rewards, Before and After-School Activities, Fundraisers, Fitness Breaks
- Deliver a Share Healthy Food & Activity at School Presentation at your school or in your district.
- Take the DIY Challenge – Create healthy opportunities for students in your school by leading a challenge from our list of Do-It-Yourself activities.
- Introduce a proven wellness program such as Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge or Students Taking Charge to your school or district.
- Make a donation to support the Colorado AFHK state team’s work.