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.
Join us for our annual Legislative Breakfast, Thursday March 20, 2014 9:30 - 10:30 at the MA State House, or better yet help us plan the morning!
Stay tuned for or next planning call. If you are able to lend a hand, please take part in the call.
- Conference Call Line - 1-800-582-3014
- Participant Pass Code - 96430052
This year we are continuing to highlight the important link between health and academic achievement know as The Learning Connection.
2014 - 2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids are here!
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
MA School Nutrition Association - Do you have a Moving Up or an Obstacle into Opportunity story to tell?
Learn more about the upcoming Annual National Conference to be held in Boston July 13 - July 16, 2014.
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.
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.
Where will MA AFHK be in the next few months?
- Thursday March 20, 9:30 - 10:30 - Legislative Breakfast MA State House
- Wednesday, May 21 - JSI/DESE Spring Wellness Meeting
To Michael Smith from the Southeast Regional School District; Kayla Lagrega from Lowell High School & Sandra Collins from Springfield Public Schools for winning a $25 gift card just by taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge at various fall conferences.