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Every Kid Healthy Week

What Is Every Kid Healthy?

One in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If the trend continues, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is, with sound nutrition and opportunities for physical activity, kids thrive. Every Kid Healthy is a campaign to ensure that every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn.

It starts with helping schools and families get the tools they need to create healthy kids and schools, and includes the celebration of Every Kid Healthy Week.

What is Every Kid Healthy Week?

Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week, which is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances, shines a spotlight on the great initiatives schools are implementing to improve the health and wellness of their students. The week also provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved in a celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.

How Can My School Celebrate?

Every Kid Healthy Week is all about celebrating your school’s wellness initiatives and inspiring new ideas to promote healthy eating, nutrition education and physical activity. Schools can show their commitment to wellness by hosting an event that focuses on healthy kids and families. Parents and family members can volunteer to help their kids’ schools host an event, then keep the celebration going at home.

Event Ideas:

  • Host a healthy foods taste test featuring fruits, vegetables, whole grains or low-fat dairy products.

  • Invite a local fitness instructor to volunteer to lead a family Zumba or yoga class.

  • Create a school garden or refresh an existing one, and invite parent volunteers to help.

  • Combine these ideas and work with community partners for a full health & wellness fair!

Source: Action for Healthy Kids