Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
Initiated in late 2009, this grant-funded program seeks to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, especially in lower-income communities and in populations at greatest risk. It provides four years of grant funding and technical assistance to 49 multidisciplinary partnerships across the country to implement policies, systems, and environmental change strategies to create sustainable community change.
Summary of Activities:
Partnerships focus on different venues, such as neighborhoods, parks, and public housing developments to engage a range of strategies. These include developing and implementing farmers' markets, healthier corner stores, community gardens, healthy vending policies, physical activity and nutrition standards, complete streets and joint-use policies, and safe routes to schools and parks.
Alignment to the National Quality Strategy (NQS):
These efforts promote:
- Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
Evaluation for this program includes tracking work plan milestones, assessing policy and environmental changes, engaging in group model building in each community, and conducting cross-site analyses among communities that are working on similar issues. A final report released in 2014 addresses results, accomplishments, and lessons learned.
The program is directed by the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities National Program Office, which is part of Active Living By Design at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.