Change starts here.

The facts are staggering - one in three of America's children is overweight or obese. But there's good news, communities are joining together to tackle the problem head-on, and they're seeing impressive results. If you'd like to learn what communities are doing to give our children healthier foods and more physical activity, welcome! We have lots of inspiring stories to share and resources to help your community make powerful changes. Now is the perfect time to start.

Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools

Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools

Communities throughout the country are creating exciting, new ways to get kids' hearts racing and bodies moving in schools and childcare programs.

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  • Physical activity in childcare and preschool settings
  • Quality physical education on a daily basis
  • Physical activity in after-school and childcare programs
  • Alternatives to entertainment screen time (TV, video games) after school
Healthier Foods in Schools

Healthier Foods in Schools

Communities are finding ways to offer fresh fruit, salad bars and other healthy options in the school lunch line. They're also stocking vending machines with healthier options. These small changes can spark a lifetime of healthier eating.

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  • Healthier foods in childcare and preschool settings
  • Healthier food options in school
  • Healthier vending machines
  • Farm-to-school programs
Places to Walk, Bike and Play

Places to Walk, Bike and Play

It's hard to call "olly olly oxen free" when you can't find a nearby park. Concerned communities are finding success creating bike paths and parks, and getting kids off their feet and onto the playground - instead of sitting on the couch.

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  • Walking and biking
  • Safe routes to school and work
  • Complete streets (roads designed to accommodate public transportation, bikers and pedestrians)
  • Joint use agreements - Opening school playgrounds after hours and on weekends
Healthier Foods in Communities

Healthier Foods in Communities

Communities are turning food deserts into food oases by bringing fresh produce and other healthy options closer to city residents throughout the country.

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  • Farmers markets
  • Community gardens
  • Healthy corner stores
  • Menu labeling
Reducing Secondhand Smoke

Reducing Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke wafts its way through parks, apartment buildings and other public places, posing a health risk to us all. Find out how communities are reducing secondhand smoke exposure.

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  • Smoke-free, multi-unit housing
  • Smoke-free workplaces, bars and restaurants
  • Smoke-free parks
  • Smoking cessation
  • Limiting children's exposure to tobacco signage and point-of-sale advertising
Resources

Resources

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Community Success Stories

Learn how communities across the country are making health easier through active living, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living.

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