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Our Mission

All kids deserve to be healthy—in body and mind

We help kids thrive by bringing families and schools together to ensure students have access to safe places to play and be active, nutritious foods, and healthy, supportive experiences.

33%

Only 1 in 3 children get physical activity each day.

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About 15 million children have a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition.

1 in 7

Approximately 1 in 7 kids lives with food insecurity.

Who We Are

Health is a human right.

We address the root causes of the child health crisis by supporting the foundations of lifelong health for kids.

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Start making change in your school

Kids spend more than 1,200 hours each year in school, making schools an ideal place to  support healthy eating, social emotional health, and physical activity.

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Opportunities for educators

Schools face many similar challenges, but every community—and child—is different. With our comprehensive programming and free online sources, learn how to create healthier learning environments that meet your students’ specific needs.

Improve school health policies and programs

Assess your school's health

Find healthy activities

Apply for grants

and more!

Our Programs

Opportunities for parents & caregivers

Change starts with you. We provide resources to help have the biggest impact on your child's well-being.

With our resources, you can:

Take the healthy school quiz

Make the case for school health

Shape up your school environment

Improve health at home

and more!

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Stories

See how schools, parents, and community members are taking action today for a healthier tomorrow.

Mom Commits to Healthy Changes at Home and at School

“Don’t be afraid to go to meetings, jump into as many activities as you can to see and hear what’s going around the school. If you want your kids to go to a great school, you need to be involved and take action. Every little thing counts, and Action for Healthy Kids and parents have helped establish great change in our school.”
Ivy Concepcion, parent, Funston Elementary School, Chicago, IL

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When you support Action for Healthy Kids, you’re standing with thousands of other champions of children’s health to create a more equitable future for our kids.

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As #NationalSchoolLunchWeek continues, check out these strategies for learning more about what your kids are eating for lunch and how you can make it healthier. Plus, see how one mom did it in her rural CO school. https://bit.ly/3lDglsz ...

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In honor of #NationalSchoolLunchWeek, we'd like to thank the school food service staff who work tirelessly to make sure kids have access to healthy lunches that keep them nourished and focused throughout the school day. Since March, many schools across the country have had to fully pivot their service to provide pick-up or delivery lunches while kids are learning from home. Without this crucial service, millions of kids would go hungry. ...

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#Nature is often overlooked as a strategy for kids' health and learning, despite having proven benefits for mental and physical well-being. Check out these activities that let kids get a little dirty, explore, and learn. https://bit.ly/3lrVwAv ...

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Only 5 days away! Join us for a conversation on #healthequity with Dr. David Satcher, 16th U.S. Surgeon General and one of the foremost health and social justice leaders of our time. Our CEO will discuss with Dr. Satcher the kind of leadership needed to tackle the biggest issues facing our kids today. Register for this free webinar to get inspired by ways you can join the fight: actionforhealthykids.org/satcher-keynote. ...

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Playgrounds are OPEN again!... and I don’t know who’s more excited (seeing as the kiddo isn’t even around when I was doing the monkey bars.) 🏃🏽‍♀️
✏️ As an @act4healthykids ambassador, I believe physical activity happens with our littlest when we lead by example. Daily physical activity benefits kids by increasing their energy, burning energy, relieving stress from the world around them, and by giving them brain 🧠 power!
OCTOBER 19-23 I’m supporting “Bring PE to Your Family Week” so that resources are provided to communities who support our kids as well as collaborative effort of our communities to get kids MOVING!
Head to www.activeschoolsus.org/campaigns for more info and to register your ✏️ school 🏫 There, you’ll find resources for reaching out and pre-designed lesson plans for all ages!
Let’s be the CHANGE our kiddos need to see to encourage them to be as active as they were made to be! 🏃🏽‍♀️
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