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, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 760 schools serving over 360,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 112 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.
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.