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Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids
Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and American Heart Association (AHA), works to help all young people eat healthier foods and be more active. Nearly one in three kids and teens is overweight or obese. By engaging, organizing and mobilizing people in communities across the United States, Voices for Healthy Kids will help make the healthy choice the easy choice in the places where children live, learn, and play.

Voices for Health Kids Complete Streets Toolkit
This toolkit is a compilation of facts, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize a social change movement in your state or community on this critical issue.  The toolkit is wrapped together by a unique theme designed to maximize interest and action to create and support a healthy learning environment for kids.  Together with a collection of parallel toolkits on other proven social change strategies to help kids live more active, healthful lives, we want to help focus and energize advocates around the country. To receive access to the toolkit, click here.

Voices for Healthy Kids Healthy Food Financing – Grocery Stores Toolkit
In this kit are guides to identifying and recruiting volunteers, spreading the word online, alerting local media, holding events and meeting with state and local public officials to encourage policies that enable all communities to have access to healthy food choices at supermarkets.

Voices for Healthy Kids Healthy Foods Financing – Corner Stores Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community increase access to affordable healthy foods and, more specifically, to advocate for healthy corner store initiatives in underserved areas.

Voices for Healthy Kids Marketing in Schools/Buses Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community create and support a healthy learning environment for kids. More specifically, the content will help you advocate for eliminating unhealthy food and beverage marketing in schools and on buses so that kids can develop healthy food preferences and habits to last a lifetime.

Voices for Healthy Kids Nutrition Standards for Restaurants Meals Sold to Kids Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community improve the nutritional quality of restaurant meals marketed and served to children. More specifically, the content will help you advocate for policies requiring restaurants to serve kids’ meals that meet nutritional standards.

Voices for Healthy Kids Sugar Sweetened Beverages Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find tactics to help your community reduce consumption of sugary beverages and, more specifically, to promote pricing strategies that will discourage consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Complete Streets: Active Transportation, Safety and Mobility for Individuals of All Ages and Abilities
The complete streets movement aims to develop an interconnected street network that is accessible and safe for users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation. Complete streets support not only changes to community streets but also a shift in the decision-making process and policies.

Impact of Safe Routes to School programs on walking and biking
This research review highlights findings from studies conducted in several states and cities that have examined walking or biking rates, safety, and economic issues associated with SRTS.

Marketing Matters: A White Paper on Strategies to Reduce Unhealthy Food and Beverage Marketing to Young Children
ChangeLab Solutions, through a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and funding from First 5 Los Angeles, developed Marketing Matters: A White Paper on Strategies to Reduce Unhealthy Food Marketing to Young Children to help local jurisdictions understand how they can regulate the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to kids, particularly those under age five. This comprehensive toolkit includes several resources that describe the issue, provide important legal background, and review the policy options.

Rural Community Profiles: Stories About Improving Nutrition, Increasing Physical Activity, and Making Schools Healthier
ChangeLab Solutions has compiled stories and created three easy-to-use handouts that focus on nutrition, physical activity, and schools. Each handout highlights three stories from rural communities that have used local assets to promote health, and contains a list of strategies that other communities can use. Rural residents can share these handouts with community coalitions as inspiration or decision-makers to make the case for new projects.

Food Advertising to Hispanic and Black Youth: Contributing to Health Disparities
This study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut reveals that Hispanic and Black youth are disproportionally targeted with unhealthy food advertising that promotes products high in sugar, saturated fat, and sodium.

Local School Wellness Policy
Document that guides a local educational agency or school district’s efforts to create supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments

Model Open Use Policy for School Districts
School districts can use this model policy language and the companion checklist to formalize community access to district recreational facilities without a partner organization or agency.

Safe Routes to School Resources
Safe Routes to Schools programs are designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community, Safe Routes to Schools promotes walking and biking to school, using education and incentives to show how much fun it can be! The program addresses parents’ safety concerns by educating children and the public, partnering with traffic law enforcement, and developing plans to create safer streets.

Healthy Food at Schools
This training provides an overview of how policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies can improve the food landscape on campus, including strategies for ensuring healthy beverages in school vending machines, increasing access to fresh drinking water, restricting non-nutritious food and beverage advertising on school grounds, and establishing a “healthy food zone” in school neighborhoods.

Signs of Progress: Declining Childhood Obesity Rates
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. This policy brief examines reports from across the country to learn more about where progress is being made to address childhood obesity.