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We believe every kid deserves to be healthy, active, and ready to learn.

Our mission

Action for Healthy Kids is a non-profit organization mobilizing school professionals, families, and communities to take actions towards healthy eating, physical activity, and healthier schools where kids thrive.

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Our vision

Every Kid Healthy, Active and Ready to Learn Every Kid Healthy, Active and Ready to Learn

Every Kid Every child deserves to learn in a school that prioritizes their health and well-being.

Healthy All school foods should meet the nutrition standards promoted in Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Active All children and adolescents should get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Ready to Learn All students should be prepared to learn and succeed in school every day.

Grassroots approach, nationwide footprint

Through programming, grants, and hands-on support, we help schools provide healthy food, nutrition education, and increased physical activity for more than 20 million children in 40,000 schools across the country.

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California

Urban School Wellness Coalition worked with LA Unified School District to establish a Wellness Programs Department.

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Arizona

In 2015 the Urban School Wellness Coalition established partnership with Mesa School District to reach 63,042 students across 81 schools.

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Arizona

Since 2016, Breakfast and Game On grants have supported 9,964 students in grades K-12.

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California

Since January 2018, 11 workshops and events have been hosted by AFHK California staff to over 600 attendees on topics including wellness policy implementation and Game On programming.

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Colorado

Colorado’s Wellness Kit Program has helped parents create healthier learning environments in 54 schools in 24 districts.

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Colorado

Since 2013, over 750 parents and family members have participated in AFHK educational events to learn about best practices and policies related to healthy eating, physical activity, and social emotional learning.

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Connecticut

In 2009, a partnership formed between CT AFHK and CT Department of Education to increase school participation in the National School Breakfast Program to 81% in 2015.

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Delaware

52% of schools in the state are affiliated with AFHK .

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Florida

Since the Parent Ambassador program launch in the 2018-2019 school year, Parent Ambassadors have engaged 123 parents across 42 schools.

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Florida

50 school districts are currently recognized with a Florida Healthy School District award.

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Georgia

AFHK has awarded Breakfast, Game On, and Parents for Healthy Kids grants to 158 schools since 2015.

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Idaho

86% of AFHK grant-funded schools have a school health team.

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Illinois

98,594 students served by Game On grants in IL since 2015.

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Illinois

AFHK has 6 state partners, including the IL State Board of Education and Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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Indiana

92% of schools in Indiana are affiliated with AFHK.

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Iowa

Since 2016, 78% of students in Game On grant-funded schools participate in Nutrition Education in all grade levels.

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Kentucky

16,753 students impacted by Game On, Breakfast and Parents for Healthy Kids grants across the state.

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Kentucky

Urban School Wellness Coalition partnered with Jefferson County School district in 2017 to reach 100,000 students.

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Maryland

87 schools have participated in Every Kid Healthy Week since 2016.

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Massachusetts

78% of Game On grant-funded schools engage students in all grades in school gardens.

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Michigan

61% of students in Game On grant-funded schools participate in classroom physical activity breaks.

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Minnesota

19,459 students impacted by AFHK grants in the 18-19 school year.

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Minnesota

AFHK maintains 12 state-level partnerships, including the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

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Mississippi

15 schools in Vicksburg Warren School District received Breakfast grants that impacted over 8,000 students in the 17-18 school year.

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New Jersey

19,276 students impacted by AFHK grant funding since 2015.

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New York

178 active parent volunteers in the AFHK network.

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New York

33,151 students in AFHK grant-funded schools have participated in nutrition education since 2015.

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North Carolina

73% of AFHK grant-funded schools engaged students in moderate to vigorous activity during physical education in the 18-19 school year.

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North Carolina

Breakfast grant-funded schools saw breakfast participation increase to 97% in Hoke County School District between October 2017 and October 2018.

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Ohio

Parents for Healthy Kids grants helped nine schools implement new nutrition initiatives in the 18-19 school year.

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Oklahoma

50 health and physical education professionals across 38 schools attended professional development training to improve school health practices.

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Oregon

Urban School Wellness Coalition partnered with Portland Public School District in 2017 to reach 49,557 students across 78 schools.

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Pennsylvania

216 schools have received Breakfast, Game On, and Parents for Healthy Kids grants since 2015.

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South Carolina

Since 2015 1,762 students have participated in school gardens implemented from AFHK grant funding.

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Tennessee

On average, 86% of students in Game On grant-funded schools participate in physical activity during recess.

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Texas

Since the Parent Ambassador program launch in the 2018-2019 school year, Parent Ambassadors have engaged 54 parents in 22 schools.

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Texas

Five districts reached by the El Paso Project for improving policy have successfully increased recess to 20 minutes daily for students in grades K-5.

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Utah

64% of active AFHK supporters in Utah are school food service professionals.

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Virginia

An average of 67% of students in Game On grant-funded schools participate in classroom physical activity breaks.

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Washington

Bellingham School District 501 increased average daily breakfast participation by 114% in the 16-17 school year.

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West Virginia

Partnership with the WV Office of Child Nutrition helped five counties apply for Healthy School Certification through the USDA in 17-18.

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West Virginia

82% of schools in the state are affiliated with AFHK.

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Wisconsin

Over 10,000 students have participated in nutrition education in AFHK grant-funded schools since 2015.

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Wisconsin

On average, 80% of students in Game On grant-funded schools participate in physical activity during recess.

Our success equation

All kids must develop the lifelong habits necessary to become healthy, successful adults. In order for this to happen, schools, families and communities must commit to working together to build a culture that supports the Whole Child. Learn more.

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Every Kid Healthy

* The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model highlights ten key school health components to ensure students are safe, engaged, supported, challenged and healthy. AFHK’s work directly impacts five WSCC components (Health Education, Physical Education and Physical Activity, Nutrition Environment and Services, Family Engagement, and Community Engagement) and generally supports all components, in a coordinated way that positively impacts student health and academic success.

Our History

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2001

Dr. David Satcher, founding Board Chair and 16th U.S. Surgeon General, issues a call to action to address the childhood obesity epidemic.

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2002

Nearly 500 experts in children’s health and education convene at the first Healthy Schools Summit to address schools’ role in reducing childhood obesity. First Lady Laura Bush is honorary chair.

AFHK is founded, establishing grassroots networks at state and district levels across the country.

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2004

AFHK releases The Learning Connection: The Value of Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity in Our Schools, revealing the negative impact of poor nutrition and inactivity on academic achievement and school budgets.

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2005

AFHK hosts second Healthy Schools Summit. More than 600 national policy makers, health experts and other school health advocates discuss how to help under-resourced schools improve students’ nutrition and fitness.

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2006

AFHK hosts the inaugural Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge, a skills course of nutrition and physical fitness activities, in Washington, D.C. First Lady Laura Bush serves as honorary chair.

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2008

More than 2,000 thought leaders participate in AFHK's web forum, “Call to Leadership: Elevating School Wellness to a Higher Priority.” The blue-ribbon panel addresses the systemic changes needed to make improvements to school health.

AFHK launches Parents Advocating for School Wellness, a toolkit for parents to help improve their schools’ wellness practices.

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2009

AFHK begins awarding school grants to help them implement or improve physical activity, nutrition, and other wellness programs.

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2012

First Team Healthy Kids runners raise money running the Chicago Marathon and other smaller races around the country.

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2013

AFHK launches Every Kid Healthy Week, recognized on the Calendar of National Health Observances and created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and raise awareness of the link between health and learning.

AFHK forms the Urban School Wellness Coalition to bring urban district leaders together to share ideas for improving student health and wellness in their districts.

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2014

The New York City Marathon is added to the Team Healthy Kids roster of premier races open to runners to raise funds for AFHK.

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2015

AFHK issues Chicago: Putting Policy Into Practice, a case study on the use of Game On as an effective 3-year model for school-level wellness programming and district-level policy implementation.

Adapting a version of the CDC’s School Health Index, AFHK gives schools the opportunity to evaluate their school’s health and assess strengths and areas for improvement.

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2016

AFHK expands the Parents for Healthy Kids program nationally, creating online content, workshops, and more to help parents become change makers for school health.

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2018

Active Schools, formerly Let’s Move! Active Schools, finds a new organizational home at AFHK.