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In rural Kentucky, Save the Children and the PepsiCo Foundation partnered to promote healthy lifestyles and good nutrition choices for schoolchildren. These successes are now being replicated across rural America. Photo:  Save the Children
In rural Kentucky, Save the Children and the PepsiCo Foundation partnered to promote healthy lifestyles and good nutrition choices for schoolchildren. These successes are now being replicated across rural America. Photo: Save the Children

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.

What do children say about the program?

"Eating healthy makes me feel better because I have more energy." -Dakota, Grade 3

"Being active makes me feel AWESOME!" -Jason, Grade 6

"I like to be healthy because you can have more fun when you're healthy." -Tori, Grade 4

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:

  • Sports and activity equipment to all sites, increasing Physical Activity for students
  •  Weekly Nutrition Education lessons– accompanied by nutrition-themed games and read-aloud nutrition books
  •  Family and community activities with cooking classes, reading nights and family walk-a-thons. In just this first year, over 8,000 adult family members have participated in such events, in addition to more than 10,000 children.

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.

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