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Title: Action for Healthy Kids Presented by Dedra Ries, MPH, CHES State Team Manager

Action for Healthy Kids Presented by Dedra
Ries, MPH, CHES State Team Manager
Session Overview
  • Background AFHK
  • Progress Made to date
  • 2004 National Priorities Key Initiatives
  • Perspectives from
  • 2 State Teams
  • Utah State TEAM Julie Metos, Chair
  • Arkansas State Team Carole Garner
  • Question and Answer Session

AFHK Vision
  • Schools provide an environment that fosters the
    development of lifelong habits of good nutrition
    and physical activity for all children
  • This is aimed at
  • Slowing the rate of increase in overweight and
  • Leading to the prevention of overweight and
    obesity in youth, and
  • Enhancing the learning potential of each child

AFHK Mission
  • Create health-promoting schools that support
    sound nutrition and physical activity as a result
    of state national initiatives
  • Educate key audiences about nutrition and
    physical activity patterns that improve
    childrens health and learning
  • Lead at the national level to create
    public-private partnerships that sustain action
    focused on improving of childrens health

October 7-8, 2002 The Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center Washington, DC
Focus on Commitment to Change
  • Serves as framework for planning action
  • Adapted from Surgeon Generals A Call to Action
    to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
  • Details specific actions necessary to create
    healthy schools that promote sound nutrition
    physical activity
  • Increasing health, physical nutrition education
  • Increasing physical activity (recess, PE, after
  • Ensuring health promoting foods are available
    throughout the school environment

AFHK Approach
Establish State and National coalition Private-p
ublic partnership
Produce programs and projects for state teams
to help schools adopt CTC goals
Assess actions Determine what works, under what
conditions Identify models
Communicate Findings tools Stimulate more
schools to change Recognize successes
This will result in children developing
Positive eating and activity patterns
Healthy schools, healthy children and healthy
Designed for Impact

40 National Organizations Form Partner Steering
State Teams Were Asked
  • Form a team with cross-functional membership,
    team has structure
  • Develop Action Plan, focus on 2-3 goals from CTC,
    with measurable objectives
  • Assess state activities and integrate,
    collaborate, coordinate
  • Take action at state district level (K-12)
  • Provide periodic updates/reports
  • Take advantage of national infrastructure and

AFHK State Teams
  • gt 3075 State Team members
  • Team size 7 408, average team 60
  • Stakeholders include
  • Health/nutrition professionals 34, state
    department of health 8
  • Higher education 11
  • Sate department education 7, educators and
    administrators 7, physical education 4
  • Parents, students 2
  • Business/industry 3

2004 National Priorities
  • Identify, assess and catalog learnings, model
    programs and schools
  • Improve State Teams capacities in order to
    accelerate grassroots actions
  • Expand partnerships, including additional
    industry, parent and minority representation
  • Produce initiatives/programs that will enhance
    State Teams effectiveness in creating healthy

AFHK 2004 Key Initiatives
  • State Team Grant Program
  • Process
  • Outcomes
  • RWJF Best Practices Criteria
  • Stakeholder sensitive
  • 27 Expert Panel (State teams and Partner Steering

Key Initiatives Continued
  • Partner Steering Committee
  • Grant Review
  • AD Hoc guidance/strategic counsel to team process
  • AFHK Special Report Discuss the impact of
    childhood obesity epidemic in schools ( to be
    launched August 2004)
  • Financial
  • Learning

Key Initiatives Continued
  • Fundraising
  • National Outreach
  • State Team Assistance

AFHK Partner Steering Committee Members
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Assn. of School Administrators
  • American College of Nutrition
  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American School Food Service Assn.
  • American School Health Assn.
  • Assn. for Supervision and Curriculum Dev.
  • Assn. School Business Officials Intern.
  • Assn. State and Territorial CD Dr.
  • Assn. State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Assn of State and Territorial Public Health
    Nutrition Directors
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • Food Research and Action Center
  • Natl Assn. for Sport and Physical Education
  • Natl Assn. of Elementary School Principals
  • Natl Assn. Pediatric Nurse Pract.
  • Natl Assn. of School Nurses
  • Natl Assn. of Secondary School Principals
  • Natl Assn. of State Boards of Education
  • Natl Assn. of Student Councils
  • Natl Coalition for Parent Involvement in
  • Natl Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
  • National Dairy Council
  • National Education Association
  • National Parents Association
  • National Medical Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Society for Nutrition Education
  • USDA/Food and Nutrition Services
  • USDoE/Safe and Drug-Free Schools
  • US DHHS/Office of Disease Prevention, Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention, National
    Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Schools Are Key
  • Significant influencing power
  • Place where children develop lifelong habits and
  • Great equalizers
  • Feeding programs in place
  • Link to parents and community
  • And they are being called upon to address obesity
    and health issues

AFHK State Teams Action Hubs
  • State Level Actions
  • VA - background information to Commission on
  • IN - position paper on benefits of recess
  • AR - assistance w/ developing approach to BMI
  • ID - recommendations for healthy nutrition
    environment adopted by State Superintendent
  • NH - provided background for bill passed that
    requires schools to address daily physical
  • MS recently created division of CSH within DoE
    as result of team efforts

AFHK State Teams Action Hubs
  • District Level Actions
  • TX - training for school health councils (SHC)
  • MI - collaborating w/ Team Nutrition healthy
    reading grants
  • KS - collaborating w/ CSH for school grants to
    start SHC
  • KY- collaborating w DoE to train teachers on
    integrating physical activity into classroom

AFHK State Teams Action Hubs
  • Building Level Action
  • Training focus - AL collaborating w/ Governor's
    Commission on Physical fitness providing 20 rural
    schools w training new PE
  • School health councils NE training via video
    conference, mini-grants SHI/action plans, TA
  • Staff focus Presidents Active Lifestyle Award
    (OR), Staff step challenges (ND)
  • Student focus -
  • MI - Walk to School Fridays, Weekly Walk with
    the Principal
  • MA training student governments

  • Schools can play a major role
  • Collaboration is essential
  • Partnerships with education, health, government
    and business communities are critical for
    accelerating change
  • We encourage participation join your AFHK State

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