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 Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids Team is a cohesive and active coalition with ambitious goals to improve school nutrition and physical activity. Comprised of nutrition and health professionals, community and education leaders, the work of the Massachusetts team is comprehensive and diverse with projects engaging school nutrition staff, physical educators, nurses and other school staff, legislators, students and parents.
Our state team's objectives for 2013 - 2014 are to:
- Enhance communication with Massachusetts team members through newsletters and participation in Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids subcommittees.
- Engage parents as advocates for healthy schools to increase physical activity in school and after school.
- Share resources to create health-promoting schools and support school wellness policies, including the monitoring and evaluation of wellness policies.
- Promote school breakfast programs to enhance student wellness.
Registration for our Learning Connection Summit on December 10, 2013 at Gillette Stadium is now closed.
Game On! Grant AvailableGame On! The Ultimate Wellness Challange encourages elementary schools, their staff, students and the famalies they serve to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives and into the culture of their school community. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this program, including a step-by-step online guide, provides information and resources neeGded to host successful school wellness programs. The program offers more than 45 challenges to engage the school and families to Eat Better and Move More. The program includes before-/after-school, during school, special events and at home options to encourage improved choices regarding nutrition and physical activity throughout the entire day.
This is a great opportunity to support your school’s wellness efforts with a program that supports nutritional and/or physical activity initiatives AND receive $1,000 in grant funds to support your efforts. Deadline for application is January 10th. For more information and application click here.
Are you interested in learning more about how to begin or improve the wellness environment at your school?
2013 - 2014 School Grants for Healthy Kids Awarded Schools
Salem Public Schools: Bates Elementary School & Collins Middle School
Gloucester Public Schools - Beeman Memorial Primary School & Vetrans Memorial Elementary School
Lawrence Public Schools - Emily G. Wetherbee Elementary School & Guilmette Middle School
Gardner Public Schools - Helen Mae Sauter Elementary School
News From our Partners
The Child Nutrition Outreach Program - The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) at Project Bread is kicking off its 2014 School Breakfast Video Contest. The contest encourages high school students to make creative, fun videos highlighting the benefits of school breakfast in order to raise awareness of the program in their schools. Last year we had over 40 submissions that included everything from flash mobs to original music to stop-action animations. And of course, every video also featured a healthy school breakfast. The submission date for this year’s contest won’t be until April, but it’s never too early to start spreading the word in your school. For the most up to date information about this year’s deadline and prizes, you can visit the School Breakfast Video Contest page on CNOP’s website, where you can also check out last year’s submissions and winners. In addition, we will be offering promotional posters that will be available later in the fall. Please keep the contest in mind as the school year goes forward!
New England Dairy and Food Council- The next Fuel Up to Play 60 application deadlline is June 1, 2014. Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity to apply for up to $4000 per school. MA FUTP 60 staff is available to assist you in the application and implementation of the program.
Our goals are to:
Recruit active volunteers across the state to help create healthy schools for our children.
- Educate parents on healthy living and how to make changes in their children’s school that impact health.
Recruit community members as change agents for health in their school communities.
- Spread the word about the benefits of sound nutrition policies and frequent physical activity as noted in: The Learning Connection Report
There are many opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in Massachusetts--from becoming a team member, to attending Action for Healthy Kids’ events, to making a financial contribution--you can help create a safer environment for our kids!
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
Read the Success Stories from the schools who received a Get in the Action mini grant
This was a very successful pilot program for Massachusetts that we will be repeating this school year. Stay tuned for more details.
Read the success story from the Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg.
Who is the Massachusetts Healthy School Hero?
Meet Jill Lucius - Director of Nutrition Services Fitchburg Public Schools
Jill was named the MA Healthy School Hero after being nominated by long time MA Team Member, Sue Tourigny, a Physical Education Teacher at the Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg. Sue nominated Jill to celebrate all the contributions Jill has made to the Fitchburg Public Shools as well as the Fitchburg community. The Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids Team congratulates Jill on her award & we thank her for he continued commitment to creating healthier school environments for the City of Fitchburg.
Do you have a Healthy School Hero working with you?
Let the community know how much ithey are appreciated by nominating them with an email to Susan Palefsky with the following information:
Nominee name, address, phone number, school with district, position if applicable.
- In 250 words tell us why you think they are a Healthy School Hero
ChopChop Magazine and Action for Healthy Kids® Join Forces to Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair
To Melody Gustafson for winning a $25 gift card just by taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge at the JSI Summer Institute.
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Check out our MA Nutrition Standards Cheat Sheet