Washington, D.C., home to our nation’s capital, is full of historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and a bustling downtown with plenty of restaurants and shops. Away from the city’s bright lights, though, it bears a troubling problem: 35 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Additionally, the significant racial and ethnic disparities that exist in obesity prevalence among U.S. children are pronounced in Washington D.C.’s diverse communities: nearly 50 percent of residents are Black or African American.*
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the district to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
*Source: The U.S. Census Bureau
Our Work in Washington, D.C.
• Healthy Schools Program locations• Healthy Out-of-School Time locations
In Washington, D.C., we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 170 schools serving over 69,000 students across the district have joined the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, nine Washington, D.C. schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve made it easier for over 2,500 youth in 26 out-of-school time sites to eat and move more, focusing on the communities in greatest need in the greater Washington, D.C. area. We’ve partnered with local county-level parks and recreation departments, the YMCAs of Metropolitan Washington, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Horton’s Kids, Beacon House and After-School All-Stars to magnify our impact on Washington, D.C. youth.
Hear from just a few of the local champions we work with in Washington, D.C. – the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, enrolled in the Healthy Out-of-School Time initiative since 2012; and Seaton Elementary School, a 2016 National Healthy Schools Gold Award-winner enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2014.
“We've seen a huge culture change. Our Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager provides real hands-on resources for our staff and leaders.”
Kristy McCarron, Healthy Eating Specialist, YMCA Capital View, Washington, D.C.
“The Healthy Schools Program provided the guidance and support we needed to begin to shift the culture at our school into a healthy school.”
Bonnie Gallion, Wellness Coordinator, Seaton Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
Our Healthy Schools Program Manager and Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager support our work on the ground in out-of-school time sites and schools in Washington, D.C. Hear from them about the impact we’re making in the city.
“The Alliance provides support, resources and professional staff development needed to allow out-of-school time sites to see significant, substantial change within their organizations.”
Annessa Bontrager, Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager, Washington, D.C. Metro Area
“The Healthy Schools Program continues to enjoy great collaboration and coordination with the District of Columbia Public Schools and Office of the State Superintendent of Education supporting activities in the revolutionary D.C. Healthy Schools Act.”
Nadja Agnew, Healthy Schools Program Manager, DC/MD/VA
Support Our Work in Washington, D.C.
For more than a decade, Healthier Generation has been a catalyst for improving children’s health. Our evidence-based programs, industry agreements and national experts enable us to directly impact more than 20 million children, with a focus on low-income and minority populations who are at increased risk for obesity and other diseases. Read our story and speak with a member our team to learn more about supporting us in building a healthier generation.