Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading non-profit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.
The Illinois Action for Healthy Kids Team is committed to increasing its work directly with schools and districts by building its membership and utilizing proven programs that generate excitement about healthy schools.
Join us for the Christmas in July 5K, 10K, 6-Hr, 12-Hr, 24-Hr Festive Race
The Christmas in July Wellness Festival will take place in Lisle Community Park on July 18-19, 2014 in Lisle, Illinois. Activities include Santa Claus Fun Runs, footraces of various distances and times, live music and a Wellness Expo featuring products/services that promote wellness through proper fitness and nutrition. Action for Healthy Kids is the charitable beneficiary of this unique running challenge. Participate as a walker, runner or volunteer. See additional details below:
When: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:30pm to Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10:30pm
Where: Lisle Community Park - 1825 Short Street, Lisle, Illinois
Register to volunteer for the race here.
Register for the race here. Use the discount code: CIJ14RACE15PCT.
The event was recently featured in an NBC Chicago news article - Check it out here!
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Thank you Summertime Stride 5K Participants!
For the second year in a row, the Mokena Community Park District in Mokena, Illinois selected Illinois Action for Healthy Kids as the benefactor of its 4th annual Summertime Stride 5K. The event was held on June 7, 2014 and it hosted close to 400 parents, kids and other community members who were enthusiastic to support IL AFHK's school wellness programs. Event goers who visited the AFHK booth were encouraged by AFHK's vision to have all kids develop the lifelong habits necessary to promote health and learning.
The Mokena Community Park District selected IL AFHK as a benefactor again because of the aligned mission between AFHK and the Mokena Community Park District to enhance the educational health of communities, especially children. The goal of the event was to create a fun and fitness friendly environment for Mokena residents to invite the start of summer and outdoor physical activity. "Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event and the opportunity to experience a nice, fitness-oriented experience with their family and friends," stated Erin Cortilet, Recreation Supervisor, Special Events & Trips, Mokena Community Park District.
The Summertime Stride 5K began with a warm up activity to get the participants stretched and ready to go for their run. The event included a USA Track and Field-certified course and transponder timed run, a fun walk, and kids' dashes. Medals were awarded to the top three participants in each age category. Participant's ages ranged from three to seventy years old, making the Summertime Stride 5k hit its mark to promote health and wellness for their entire community.
The Learning Connection
Have you heard about Action for Healthy Kids' latest report, The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn, which outlines why healthy kids learn better? This tool can help schools, parents and community members across Illinois learn how to engage local schools to ensure that school wellness programs are being implemented so that kids are equipped for success.
Enhancing Physical Education in Illinois
In summer 2012, the Illinois legislature and Governor Pat Quinn established an Enhance P.E. Task Force charged with promoting enhanced P.E. through strategies that align with the Strategic Plan and tasked with making recommendations on updating the K-12 learning standards for physical development and health. This task force recently released a state report that calls for new benchmarks and strategies to improve and increase physical education classes. Check out the report recommendations here.
Enhanced P.E. correlates directly to the health and well-being of students throughout their lives and has cognitive benefits, too, making students more receptive to learning. There is a significant body of research showing that children who are more physically active perform better in class and on standardized tests. Improving opportunities for physical activity is an imperative for improving our children’s academic achievement and their health.
Many Illinois school districts have already begun implementing enhanced P.E. in their schools. Learn how they did it below!
- Lake Bluff School District
- Unity Point Elementary School
- Hononegah High School
- Naperville Central High School
Team Healthy Kids
Team Healthy Kids is for anyone who wants kids to be healthy and wants to do something about it! Whether you want to run a marathon, host a local event, walk a 5K or simply support someone who is already signed up, this is the right place for you. Whatever you choose to do, your efforts will help schools provide good food and fitness programs for kids. Learn more about Team Healthy Kids here.
Our goals are to:
- Educate students on healthy living and how to make changes in their school to impact health.
- Train schools on school breakfast to increase participation and encourage schools to adapt alternative models.
- Recruit community members to become change agents for health in their school communities.
- Christmas in July 5K, 10K, 6-Hr, 12-Hr, 24-Hr Festive Race - July 18-19, 2014
- Volunteer at the Action for Healthy Kids Office - Ongoing
- Action for Healthy Kids Translator Needed - Summer 2014
If you feel compelled to lend your voice to one of most important issues of our time, and would like to take that first step towards creating a healthier environment for our kids, join the Action for Healthy Kids community by taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge on the left-hand side of the page.