California Action for Healthy Kids
Welcome to the California Team
Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading non-profit 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 California Action for Healthy Kids team is dedicated to promoting school wellness, increasing academic achievement, and preventing childhood obesity. We collaborate with numerous state partners to improve student health so school age children can acheive their full academic potential and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Our state team's objectives for 2012 - 2013 are to:
- Promote increased physical activity in school and afterschool programs.
- Promote higher participation in school breakfast programs.
- Support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of school policies, as mandated in the federal Child Nutrition and Reauthorization Act.
- Promote AFHK's school programs: Fuel UP to Play 60, Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge and Students Taking Charge.
- Support parents as advocates for improving school nutrition and physical activity.
There are many opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in California--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.
Member agencies of the California Executive Committee include: Alameda County Office of Education, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, California Center for Civic Participation, California Department of Education, California Department of Health Services/CA Nutrition Network, California Department of Public Health/Project Lean, California School Boards Association, California State PTA, Center for Collaborative Solution, Dairy Council of California, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Jose Unified School District.
Our Favorite Resources
- California Action for Healthy Kids Resource List – The California team’s favorite state and national resources to help you implement school wellness policies and improve the nutrition and physical education/activity environment in your schools and after-school programs.
- School Breakfast for California's Kids -- Join Superintendent Jack O’Connell and the California team in supporting innovative ways to get more of California's students to eat breakfast. Learn how nutrition breaks, Grab-n-Go breakfasts, and breakfast on the bus can provide flexible ways for schools to help prevent or reduce childhood obesity while seeing positive impacts on attendance, learning, and classroom behavior.
- School Breakfast in San Diego -- Does breakfast in the classroom really work? It does in San Diego! See how San Diego Unified School District benefited from a breakfast program that increased revenue, decreased tardiness and visits to the school nurse, and had a positive impact on test scores!
- 40 Tips for an Active Family -- This tip sheet provides 40 different ideas to make your "downtime" a fun time with your family. Try a new activity--such as swimming, playing soccer, or going for a bike ride--every night of the week!
- American Cancer Society, Coordinated School Health -- This resource is a great introduction to coordinated school health and includes a guidebook to develop your own school health council.
- Dairy Council of California – Research based, standards based, and grade specific free curriculum for K-12 students in California.
- California Project LEAN – Tools and resources for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Local School Wellness Policies.
- Network for a Healthy California – Nutrition education programs for low-income schools.
- California Association for Health, Physical Education, Dance & Recreation – Physical education and content standards for physical education in California.
- PTA Healthy Lifestyles: A Parent's Guide - What a parent needs to know to help his or her child learn to live well, from exercise to grocery shopping to vaccinations.
- The BreakfastFirst Campaign is a three year initiative to help California's students reach their full potential and California's schools maximize available federal resources by strengthening school breakfast programs. Find out more through the following webinars: School Breakfast Basics 101; Classroom Breakfast; Breakfast at a Better Time & Place; Nutrition, Appeal, and Affordability