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Healthy Lifestyles for Girls and Boys
With renewed support from the PepsiCo Foundation, Save the Children is working to increase the health and fitness of children across the U.S.
In 2013, PepsiCo Foundation partnered with Save the Children to bring Healthy Choices across the U.S. with $1,000,000 funding over three years. Through this partnership, Save the Children is reaching over 12,000 children in 146 schools located in 14 states and the District of Columbia– increasing children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity, and improving their knowledge of healthy eating habits.
The partnership expanded on the Healthy Lifestyles project funded by the PepsiCo Foundation in Kentucky from 2011-2014 to promote healthy lifestyles in 13 schools across five rural school districts in isolated and under-resourced pockets of poverty.
What was successful in Kentucky?
Our success in Kentucky has been tremendous. We reached 5,165 children with program activities that have a direct impact on the health and fitness of children from some of rural Kentucky’s poorest families – and we implemented innovative nutrition and wellness activities in partnership with targeted schools and communities. The PepsiCo Foundation’s funding in Kentucky led us to create awareness within the community about the childhood obesity epidemic, and how schools can become agents of change in the arena of children’s health. The health-focused changes made by schools have a positive impact on children’s health throughout the school day.
How are we replicating these successes?
Starting in 2013, we began to bring elements of the partnership to 146 sites. With funding from PepsiCo Foundation, Save the Children provides:
Beginning in the 2014/2015 school year we will continue to expand children’s nutrition knowledge, informing their awareness of healthy food choices, and increasing their involvement in physical activities.