Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., home to our nation’s capital, is full of historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and a bustling downtown with plenty of restaurants and shops. Away from the city’s bright lights, though, it bears a troubling problem: 35 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

Additionally, the significant racial and ethnic disparities that exist in obesity prevalence among U.S. children are pronounced in Washington D.C.’s diverse communities: nearly 50 percent of residents are Black or African American.*

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


Our Work in Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C., we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.

More than 180 schools serving over 72,000 students across the district have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, nine Washington, D.C. schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.

We’ve made it easier for nearly 2,500 youth in 26 out-of-school time sites to eat and move more, focusing on the communities in greatest need in the greater Washington, D.C. area. We’ve partnered with local county-level parks and recreation departments, the YMCAs of Metropolitan Washington, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Horton’s Kids, Beacon House and After-School All-Stars to magnify our impact on Washington, D.C. youth.


Success Stories

Hear from just a few of the local champions we work with in Washington, D.C. – Seaton Elementary School, a 2016 National Healthy Schools Gold Award-winner enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2014 and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, enrolled in the Healthy Out-of-School Time initiative since 2012.


The Healthy Schools Program provided the guidance and support we needed to begin to shift the culture at our school into a healthy school.

Bonnie Gallion
Wellness Coordinator, Seaton Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

We've seen a huge culture change. Our Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager provides real hands-on resources for our staff and leaders.

Kristy McCarron
Healthy Eating Specialist, YMCA Capital View, Washington, D.C.


From Our Program Manager

Our Healthy Schools Program Manager supports our work on the ground in schools in Washington, D.C. Hear from her about the impact we’re making in the city.


The Healthy Schools Program continues to enjoy great collaboration and coordination with the District of Columbia Public Schools and Office of the State Superintendent of Education supporting activities in the revolutionary D.C. Healthy Schools Act.

Nadja Agnew
Healthy Schools Program Manager, DC/MD/VA


Program Managers

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