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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.


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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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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Kids in Hispanic & Latino communities face big health disparities that make it harder for them to thrive and succeed in school and beyond. In addition to greater investment in these communities and equitable access to healthcare, see how we can—and do—engage schools and parents in this work to make lasting impact: https://bit.ly/32GcqVi. #HispanicHeritageMonth ...

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Whether you run a mile, an 8K, or something in between, you can be a vital part of #TeamHealthyKids, our incredible fundraisers who help keep our programs alive. The #ChicagoMarathon is now virtual, so sign up (for free) to run any distance in your own neighborhood to benefit the kids who need it most. You can even run with the whole family! Get details at actionforhealthykids.org/2020-chicago-marathon. ...

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Don't miss our next live #mindfulness session! Gather your kids or students next Tuesday, 9/22 at 11:30am CT for a mindful movement webinar that will help you reenergize and reset. Register today: https://bit.ly/35zy1Ax. ...

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In just a little over a month, it's @ActiveSchoolsUS "Bring PE to Your Family Week," which is an important way for families to get a good look at how PE impacts health and learning. Learn more & sign up at activeschoolsus.org/campaigns. #FamiliesLovePE ...

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Whip out those aprons because it's #NationalKidsTakeOvertheKitchenDay! Getting kids involved in cooking, food prep, food art, and other exploration is an interactive way to teach nutrition and healthy life skills. Get ideas for activities here: https://bit.ly/2GK2qSm ...

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Although it's #NationalDayofEncouragement, talking to kids in positive, motivating ways all year round helps build their self-confidence and self-reliance. Instead of hollow, evaluating statements like "Great job! You did amazing at that!", being specific, realistic, and appreciative ("I'm so proud you didn't give up on cleaning your space even when you wanted to!") has much stronger effects in the long run. See more examples at https://bit.ly/2sbkptm.
#buildselfesteem #childhealth #healthykids #positiveparenting #motivatingkids #encouragingkids #waystotalktokids #buildingselfconfidence

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