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Action For Healthy Kids

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    Get Your Game On. Action For Healthy Kids offers a flexible, free online framework to help schools create healthier learning environments for students, staff and communities. Search through the Game On Activity Library that offers hundreds of healthy activities, and walks you through the six key steps of building a healthier learning environment. Click here to view the Action For Healthy Kids Game On Activity Library.


growing healthy kids columbus

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    Growing Healthy Kids Columbus (GHKC) coalition was convened in May 2009 to help develop the City of Columbus Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Plan. The GHKC coalition is facilitated by Columbus Public Health in partnership with Ohio State University Extension and brings together organizations from throughout the city with the goal of actively changing the Columbus community to provide children the earliest possible opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle and to reduce their risk of overweight and obesity.

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    It’s with great excitement that I announce that Columbus City Schools is taking part in an important campaign, called Lean and Green, on Mondays in our cafeterias district-wide. The mission of our campaign is to promote healthier, more sustainable choices by offering all meatless entrees on Mondays, in addition to offering a meatless lunch entrée each school day. It is an effective way for our students to enjoy the numerous benefits associated with eating plantbased meals.

    Started by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World Wars I and II, it was revived in 2003, as part of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to reduce meat consumption by 15 percent for our personal health and the health of our planet. Scientific studies show that reducing meat in your diet and eating more fruits and vegetables is a key way to fight obesity and prevent heart disease and cancer. Other schools, universities, hospitals, and restaurants are creating their own plant-based menu items. We are proud to be a part of this growing movement. We take our shared responsibility seriously to educate on the many food options available, in order for students and their families to make informed decisions. We are grateful for your support of this program.

    Jeannine Marcum, RDN, LD


  • The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model responds to the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. To learn more about the WSCC model, click here.

Whole Child Model