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Results for Children in Poverty, (18)

Advocate for Nutritious In-School Meals Advocacy Association

An estimated one sixth of American children are obese with a body-mass index at or above the 95th percentile. In 2007, the National School Lunch Program served 30.5 million children and an additional 10 million were served by the School Breakfast Program. By ensuring that these in-school meals are nutritious, communities across America can improve the health and future their children. Schools often report that federal funding is inadequate to purchase healthy menu items and they are often forced to supplement federal funds with proceeds from unhealthy vending machine sales. In 2011, congress blocked a bill backed by the USDA to improve the quality of food served by the School Lunch program. If Americans hope to overcome the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country, government funding for in-school meals must pay only for healthy, nutritious options, and junk foods must be removed from schools all together. Get involved! Let the PTA, the school board, local elected officials, and national representatives know that America's children deserve better than junk food! ... | Read More

Bring Health Care to Low-Income Areas University

The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is a nurse managed clinic of Drexel University that serves Philadelphia's 11th Street Corridor - an area that encompasses several public housing tracts and suffers from limited access to affordable, quality health care services. The Center is centrally located within one of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's residential sites and has an Advisory Board comprised of neighborhood residents to ensure that the clinic is addressing the needs of the community. The clinic focuses on primary and preventive care and has recently added a Healthy Living Center, which provides programs to help patients reduce risk factors for diseases and to manage existing conditions. The Healthy Living Center programs include diabetes education, disease self-management programs, nutrition and cooking classes, exercise programs, and behavioral health groups. In addition, the Center serves as a training and education site for nurses and other health professionals in culturally competent, community-based care. The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is an excellent model of potential for partnerships between communities and medical institutions to improve the health and well-being of the community's most vulnerable residents. ... | Read More

Enforce School District Wellness Plan Advocacy Association

Each school district has to have a wellness plan in order to receive government funding. Look into your district's plan and ensure that the schools in your district are following the plan. ... | Read More

Engage Farmers Markets to Improve Diets Advocacy Association

Access to healthy foods is an important key to an active, healthy life. As many as 1 in 10 American families do not have reliable access to enough food and depend on government subsidies to supplement their dietary needs. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women and Children (WIC) serves half of all infants in the US and more than 25% of all American children between the ages of 1 and 5. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly Food Stamps) served 31 million Americans in 2008. Since 1992, many states have established Farmers Market Nutrition Programs in an effort to improve food subsidy program participants' access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Farmers Market Nutrition Programs for WIC and elderly SNAP recipients allows participants to exchange coupons for food at farmer's markets, road side stands, and community supported agriculture programs. These programs have already improved the quality of nutrition for over 800,000 seniors and more than 2 million women, infants, and children in the US. By establishing local programs, States can improve the nutrition of low-income individuals, fight obesity, and support their local farmers. ... | Read More

Ensure Access to Top-Qualitity Groceries Advocacy Association

Many Americans living in high-poverty urban or rural areas have no access to high-quality nutritious foods from a full-service grocery store. In these food deserts, the closest location to purchase food is often a gas station or a mini-mart, which generally sells food that is high in fat and sugar. Maintaining a healthy diet is nearly impossible for low-income families living in these areas. The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) serves as a sustainable example of a public-private partnership between state and local government and food retailers seeks to promote the presence of full-service grocery stores in neighborhoods without access to high-quality, nutritious food. Through the Food Trust, FFFI provides the financial capital for grocery store operators to set up locations in neighborhoods with high enough demand to support a store but that might have otherwise been overlooked. ... | Read More

Ensure No Child Goes Hungry at School Advocacy Association

The San Francisco Unified School District recognizes that not all children can afford to pay for school lunch, however they still deserve a nutritious meal. This school district has created a policy that ensures that any child that gets in line for food can eat no matter if they can pay for the meal or not. ... | Read More

Ensure the Future of Every Child Advocacy Association

Learn more about the six priorities listed below that our nation has the ability to solve to ensure the future of every child. 1. End child poverty; 2. Guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage and services; 3. Protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families; 4. Provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children; 5. Ensure every child can read at grade level by fourth grade and guarantee quality education through high school graduation; and 6. Stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention. ... | Read More

Fund Early Childhood Development Centers Government - Federal

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends publicly-funded, center-based, comprehensive early childhood development programs for low income children aged 3 to 5 years based on strong evidence of their effectiveness on preventing delay of cognitive development and increasing readiness to learn, as assessed by reductions in grade retention and placement in special education classes. ... | Read More

Improve Access to Dental Health Services Published literature

In response to a major failure in providing access to dental care, policy efforts in Maryland were able to institute reforms that ensure that low-income children are able to receive the oral health care that they need. ... | Read More

Improve School's Menus Advocacy Association

Chicago school district has worked to create a healthier menu for students. Based on their experience, they recommend the following strategies for improving School Meal Standards: Stakeholder Buy-in: Generate community interest to create and implement healthy school food policies and programs Policy Development: Convene working groups of diverse stakeholders to set and review wellness policy provisions that guide strong nutrition standards for school meals Cost: Find opportunities to lower costs through a competitive bidding process and innovative procurement tactics Purchasing: Increase children's access to fruits and vegetables by partnering with local and regional farmers and food providers Testing: Pilot innovative projects at individual schools, then scale up proven programs districtwide Implementation: Provide school food service team members with the tools, resources and professional development needed to prepare healthful meals Participation: Engage students in the new programs by giving them a voice through focus groups, surveys and taste tests ... | Read More

SUCCESS STORIES

People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time
 

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