Idaho’s rocky mountain terrain helped it earn its nickname, the “Gem State”—its rugged landscapes are home to nearly every type of gem. And its rich farmland help it earn its other famous moniker: the Potato state.

While there are many attributes that Idaho residents should be proud of, its rate of childhood obesity is not one of them. More than one in four of the state's youth is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.


Our Work in Idaho

In Idaho, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.

Over 140 schools serving almost 72,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive.

We’ve made it easier for more than 1,400 youth in out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.


Success Stories

Hear from a school champion from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Idaho: Twin Falls School District #41, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2014.


Healthier Generation’s website is very helpful in supplying ideas and information on ways to improve our current programs. It’s great for everyone in the district involved in making healthy changes.

Lori Rieth
Child Nutrition Director

Watch the video to learn more about how the Healthy Schools Program is helping kids lead healthier lives.

Contact us and make your contribution to children's health in Idaho.

Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum