Bordered by Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin is a Midwestern state with lots to offer. From acres of sprawling farmland to ski resorts to a thriving food scene, enhanced by the state’s high production of dairy products (it is especially known for its cheese), there is plenty for the more than 5.7 million Wisconsin residents to be proud of.
But one fact the state is not proud of is that more than a quarter of its 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 Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
Nearly 1,000 schools serving over 452,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 46 Wisconsin schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
Healthier Generation enlists the help of regional and local partners to create healthier schools. These partners, such as the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, receive specialized professional development training from Healthier Generation staff and gain access to Healthier Generation’s customized tools, resources and data that empower them to guide schools to improve physical activity and nutrition policies and practices.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 21,700 youth in 90 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.