Over the past few generations, this country has changed dramatically. We’ve engineered physical activity out of our daily lives and, to a large extent, removed it from our schools. Unhealthy foods are being sold in larger portion sizes and at lower prices while it remains difficult for many families to buy healthy, affordable foods and beverages.
In short, we’ve created a culture in which the healthiest choice isn’t always the easiest one, and that culture is having an impact on our kids.
In order to raise healthy kids and help all children grow up at a healthy weight, we must ensure that the places where our children live, learn, and play make the healthy choice the easy choice.
We’re calling for change. Will you add your voice?
Our work will unite the voices of moms, dads, sisters, and brothers in communities across America. The changes demanded by these voices will be backed by the best science and amplified by the leadership and resources of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as the expertise and skills of a vast network of our nation’s leading advocacy organizations.
Voices for Healthy Kids will focus our efforts in states and communities hardest hit by the epidemic.
Voices for Healthy Kids aims to help all children achieve a healthy weight. To succeed, we need involvement at every level, from collaborations with national organizations and grassroots groups to individual participation.
In the first three years of Voices for Healthy Kids, we’ve seen progress around the nation, with more than 50 policy wins, impacting more than 66 million lives.
The report highlights key progress from the year, including inspiring examples of communities and states that are dedicated to helping all children grow up at a healthy weight.
Read the 2016 Voices for Healthy Kids Progress Report: Building a Culture of Health for All Children.