Missouri

Located in the Midwest, Missouri lies at the intersection of the country’s three greatest rivers: the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio Rivers. The state is proud of its rich history: it was the starting point for the Pony Express, the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail.

Nicknamed the "Show Me State," Missourians are known for needing evidence to be convinced; but one unfortunate fact with plenty of evidence is that more than 28 percent of the state’s youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, 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 Missouri

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

More than 840 schools serving over 386,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 93 Missouri schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.

We’ve also made it easier for nearly 5,000 youth in 40 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.

 

Success Stories

Hear from school champions from just two of the many districts we work with in Missouri: Rockwood School District, enrolled with the Healthy Schools Program since 2013; and Raymore-Peculiar School District, enrolled since 2011.

 

We’ve used Healthier Generation's list of items that meet the standards for vending machines and the Product Calculator for Smart Snacks, and passed those onto our Parent Teacher Organizations.

Carmen Fischer
Child Nutrition Director, MO

Since enrolling in the Healthy Schools Program, we’ve transformed our campus into a healthier one that encourages everyone to fuel for optimal achievement – whether that’s in the pool, in the classroom or even at home.

Matt Majors
Coach, Raymore-Peculiar High School, MO

 

From Our Program Manager

Our Healthy Schools Program Manager lives and works in Missouri, supporting our work in schools. Hear from her about the impact we’re making in Missouri.

Missourians like to be 'shown' the difference a program is making in our schools or with our students. Healthier Generation has played a part in making that difference in schools all over our state by adding physical activity in classrooms, healthier food in cafeterias, and changing health and wellness policy in our schools.

Terry Atteberry
Healthy Schools Program Manager, MO
Program Managers

Support Our Work

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