Count down to the Healthy Kids Summit!
Have you or your organization implemented a new health promotion campaign, do you have success stories for programming in health, physical activity, or nutrition for pre-k through 8th, or maybe your organization has done something really successful and/or innovative? If so, please use this form to submit your abstract for a poster session, merged breakout, or standalone breakout session at the Healthy Kids Summit!
Purchase District Health Department will supply a lucky winner with a painted play space! Purchase District Health Department will also supply a GoNoodle Plus subscription to 5 lucky teachers! Door prizes and additional giveaways to come from many different sponsors and vendors! (images received from https://fitandfunplayscapes.com/ )
PURCHASE AREA HEALTH CONNECTIONS AWARDED $100,000 GRANT TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Purchase Area Health Connections (PAHC) is a coalition comprised of partners from multiple entities to improve the health and well-being of individuals in the Purchase Area. Kentucky is the 8th worst state in the nation regarding adult obesity and 3rd worst for obesity rates for children between 10-17. Students who are obese are more likely than non-obese children to have lower academic scores, poorer rates of school attendance, lower self-esteem, and more hospital stays. Obesity increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease. Each of these diseases are in the top 10 rankings of causes of death in Kentucky. This is the first generation of children that may not outlive their parents due to obesity and obesity related issues.
PAHC board members saw the opportunity to reduce the burden of obesity in our area by applying for a planning grant to address childhood obesity. Once awarded, PAHC developed a Childhood Obesity Prevention Action Team (COPAT) recruiting new members from schools, parks and recreation, and non-profit organizations to develop a Childhood Obesity Community Action Plan.
As part of this plan, COPAT has partnered with targeted schools in the Purchase Area to gather anonymous BMI data and conduct surveys to collect information about each community. The surveys were distributed to parents, teachers, and staff at each of the participating schools. Local businesses matched a donation so that we were able to have a drawing!
There are many resources available in our area that help to fight obesity, but many are not known by their community. The survey responses along with other means will also be used in a culturally appropriate toolkit that will be developed and provided to organizations and schools that is specific to the Purchase Area.
Please ask questions here!
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