Building a Healthier Future
Schools as the Hub
The Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative works at the school district level, and school districts in turn reach out to their K-8 schools. Schools conduct wellness assessments and create action plans in order to meet intermediate outcomes and the long-term goal of reducing the incidence of childhood obesity in their districts.
School wellness committee action plans address school foods, physical education/activity, health education, school policy, and family engagement. MFH provides a resource guide of approaches and programs to assist in the development of concrete action steps that may be funded.
Key to these efforts is our support for a school district wellness coordinator, who develops and organizes committees and offers expert technical assistance.
As of 2018, there are 32 two school districts (with a total of nearly 30,000 students), and 13 partner organizations participating in Schools as the Hub. Participating schools receive technical assistance and support from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.