Driving across Kansas, you can take in views of the state’s vast agricultural fields and miles of scenic landscape. While providing staple crops such as wheat, soy and corn for much of the country, too many of Kansas’ children face a serious threat to their health and longevity: high rates of childhood overweight and obesity.
According to a 2015 poll, nearly all parents of K-12 students in Kansas support healthy meals in schools, especially when it comes to serving more fruits and vegetables and whole grains to their children. But despite this support, more than one in three children in Kansas remains overweight or obese.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is working with communities throughout the state to supports kids’ ability to lead healthy lives.
Our Work in Kansas
In Kansas, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Over 585 schools serving more than 254,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, eight Kansas schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 10,800 youth in 77 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 two of the many districts we work with in Kansas: Abilene Public Schools, enrolled with the Healthy Schools Program since 2013; and Garden City Public Schools, enrolled since 2012.