Indiana residents are affectionately called Hoosiers, a term that harkens back to the state’s farming or “country” roots. But today, Indiana is known for much more than its farmland. It is home to cultural attractions such as museums, expansive state parks and even the Indianapolis 500, which annually draws huge crowds to the state’s capital city.
But aside from all that the state has to offer, its residents face a distressing problem: Nearly one-third of children are 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 Indiana
In Indiana, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 580 schools serving over 347,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 21 Indiana schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 24,000 youth in 65 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from school champions from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Indiana: Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2014.