In Independence County a community based health coalition representing eight small rural communities is partnering with area schools to implement the SPARK curriculum. The SPARK curriculum fosters environmental and behavioral change by providing a highly active physical education curriculum, on-site teacher training, extensive follow-up support, and content-matched equipment. The coalition is also working toward the adoption of a policy to lower prices of healthier foods and beverages relative to the cost of less healthier foods sold in vending machines, cafeterias, and concession stands in schools, early childhood centers and healthcare facilities. Other community strategies include improving healthy food and drink choices, improving product placement and pricing of healthy foods, providing social support for healthy choices, media promotions for physical activity, and improving access to physical activity facilities and opportunities.
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