There is growing evidence that kids eat healthier and move more when there are policies and practices in place that increase access to healthy foods and safe places to be active. It just makes sense. While childhood obesity affects the entire country, it does not affect all communities equally. For this reason, Voices for Healthy Kids is committed to reaching communities that are disproportionately affected by the epidemic. These communities include communities of color, high poverty urban and rural populations of all races and ethnicities, and Native Americans.
Voices for Healthy Kids helps communities make changes that enable children and families to eat healthier and be more active. We provide grants to state coalitions ready to mobilize advocacy campaigns. We also provide those campaigns with toolkits and expertise. To reverse the obesity epidemic, all young people must have opportunities to move more and eat healthier. Voices for Healthy Kids focuses our efforts in six priority areas in order to ensure this is possible.
- Improving the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in schools
- Reducing consumption of sugary beverages
- Protecting children from marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages
- Increasing access to affordable healthy foods
- Increasing access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes, school gyms and other safe places to be active
- Increasing children's physical activity levels when they are out of school.
Voices for Healthy Kids has a team of experts to support each of these six policy targets. These experts provide technical assistance for state and local campaigns, while strengthening national coalitions to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The Food Trust
YMCA of the USA
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Berkeley Media Studies Group