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.
Thank's to all who supportd us at our Legislative Breakfast. Check back for details from the day.
This year we are continuing to highlight the important link between health and academic achievement know as The Learning Connection.
April 21-25 - Every Kid Healthy Week
Due to April Vacation, Massachusetts will celebrate all spring! Action for Healthy Kids is proud to work with schools nationwide to promote Every Kid HealthyTM – a national movement to make all schools healthier places. Every Kid Healthy is focused on the nation’s problem of childhood obesity as well as its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs. Do you want to host an event at your school? If so, sign up and receive additional information here!
2014 Get in the Action Grants have been awarded to:
Advanced Math and Science Academy - Marlboro
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School - Worcester
Fall Brook Elementary - Leominster
AC Whelan - Revere
Watch this site for details on their Get in the Action events.
Details from the Learning Connection Summit held December 10, 2013. What a great day! Thanks to all involved.
News From our Partners
Learn more about the upcoming Annual National Conference to be held in Boston July 13 - July 16, 2014.
The Child Nutrition Outreach Program - The Child Nutrition Outreach Program’s deadline for the 4th annual school breakfast video contest was over a month ago, so you might be justified in asking why haven’t they announced the winners yet. Part of the reason is that they received so many entries (104, more than any previous year by far), that they have needed to spend some serious time watching the videos. Many of them were extremely high-quality, which has made the process even more difficult. They asked their colleagues at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Project Bread to weigh in, which they did during a very well-attended afternoon screening in one of our conference rooms. Each video we crossed off the list made it harder to choose between the ones remaining. However, after some seriously difficult decisions we’ve finally arrived at our top three. Before you read further, please imagine a drumroll:
- First Place ($1000) – The Landmark School (Beverly): "Healthy Days Breakfast"
- Second Place ($300) – Easthampton High School: "Ace the Test"
- Third Place ($200) – Sharon High School: “Breakfast Silent Movie”In addition to the cash prize, the winner will also get to appear on WHDH’s Urban Update on Channel 7 at some point later this spring or in the fall. Stay tuned for the date of the screening, and visit the winning videos page and the submissions page to check out all the entries from this year’s contest. It wasn’t just the winners who wowed us with their creative filmmaking, delicious breakfasts, and the effort they brought to their project – everyone who entered deserves a hearty congratulations
- Second Place ($300) – Easthampton High School: "Ace the Test"
New England Dairy and Food Council- The next Fuel Up to Play 60 applicationdeadlline 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. In addition NEDFC is excited to announce an additional Fuel Up to Play 60 funding opportunity where schools can apply for up to $2,000 to fund equipment and other needs associated to support milk and yogurt smoothies.
The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) ...
has three training opportunities in August for Massachusetts school nutrition professionals. Be sure to register before the end of this school year!
Designed especially for school nutrition managers, this three-day institute will cover leadership, financial management, personnel management, communication, merchandising, and nutrition.
Date: August 19, 20, 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Location: UMass Conference Center, Shrewsbury
Register by July 1 | Cost: $225
Healthy Cuisine for Kids
NEWLY UPDATED! 2 day format
Learn new and healthy cooking methods that apply the nutrition principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This two day hands-on nutrition and culinary training from NFSMI will help school nutrition staff work as a team to prepare, evaluate, and present healthy and student friendly recipes.
Date: August 21 & 22 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Location: Beverly High School
Register by July 1 | Cost: $100
New Directors Orientation
This three-day program is designed for directors new to school nutrition programs. Education specialists from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office for Nutrition, Health, and Safety Programs will provide an introduction to USDA program requirements.
Dates: August 11, 12, & 13 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | DCU Center, Worcester
Register by July 1 | Cost: $150
For more information, visit the JSI website.
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