Alabama Action for Healthy Kids
Welcome to the Alabama Team
Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.
The Alabama Action for Healthy Kids Team is starting the new school year off with many activities including:
- The Fuel Up to Play 60 mini-grants have now been distributed to 6 schools! The schools are: Glen Iris Elem., Wilkerson Middle, Shelby Elem., Forest Avenue Magnet, Evans Elem., and Harry Mixon Elem. Congratulations to these schools. They are working hard on wonderful projects and activities to improve school health for their students! Fuel Up to Play 60!
- The Scale Back Alabama School program went well. There were 46 schools participating in this program! Action for Healthy Kids and the Central Team gave incentives for the program. Congratulations to West Blocton Elementary and George Washington Carver Elementary who each received the $500 prize..
The Alabama Regional teams are busy too. The central team is creating a resource guide for fun, inexpensive physical activity games that can easily be implemented for middle school teachers. The north and southeast teams are working with teachers in their regions to conduct the Color Me Healthy curriculum for younger students.
Our goals are to:
- Recruit active volunteers across the state to help create healthy schools for our children.
- Training schools on using Fuel Up to Play 60 to increase awareness of wellness programs in schools.
- Educating parents on healthy living and how to make changes in their child (ren's) school that impact health.
There are many opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in Alabama--from becoming a team member, to attending Action for Healthy Kids’ events, to making a financial contribution--you can help create a safer environment for our kids!
If you feel compelled to lend your voice to one of most important issues of our time, and would like to take that first step towards creating a healthier environment for our kids, join the Action for Healthy Kids community by taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge on the left-hand side of the page.
Resources from Alabama Action for Healthy Kids
- Alabama Guide to Healthy Vending Machines - Vending machines should support classroom lessons about good nutrition and the value of healthy food choices. This Guide provides recommendations for healthy beverages and snacks in vending machines.
- Alabama Guide to Healthy School Parties - Many times foods served in the classroom, in the case of a class party, are low in nutrients and high in calories. To send the right message, administrators, teachers, parents and students need to promote healthy lifestyle principles, replacing unhealthy food offerings with healthy ones at school parties.
- Alabama Guide to Healthy School Fundraising - New school fundraising strategies, which include the sale of healthy foods and non-food items, are a public demonstration of the school's commitment to promoting healthy behaviors among students, families, and the communities at large, while helping schools meet their financial needs.
- Alabama Guide to Physical Activity in Schools - A physically active lifestyle adopted early in life may continue into adulthood. Schools can provide environments with opportunities for learning and practicing active lifestyle behaviors.