ACHP Public Webinar —

Forging Educational Partnerships to Improve Kids’ Health

On Friday, March 4, ACHP hosted a webinar to discuss innovative ways health plans are improving children’s health through partnerships with schools and other educational institutions. Presenters described how ACHP members and their partners are working together to help children learn how to eat nutritiously and become more physically active through unique programs such as:

The Independent Health Foundation’s Fitness for Kids Challenge, which has helped more than 150,000 students improve their nutrition and increase physical activity – while helping schools try new ideas like walking clubs for kids and teachers.

HealthPartners’ Power Up, which has taught than 10,000 kids annually healthy eating habits and new ways to become more physically active.

UCare’s Minne-Loppet Youth Skiing Program, which partners with a local cross-country skiing program to introduce skiing to low-income, immigrant youth and develop easy-to-prepare, nutritious “skiers’ recipes” for the children’s families.

Capital Health Plan’s Champions, which offers a free fitness program to more than 18,000 students in grades K-8.

Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools, which mobilizes school wellness champions and advances policy and environmental changes in 115 school districts nationwide.

A representative from the Healthy Schools Campaign gave an overview of why this work is important and provided key principles for effective collaborations. A discussion panel with representatives from the Health Schools Campaign, Independent Health, HealthPartners, Kaiser Permanente and UCare fielded questions from the audience.

The slide presentation and a recording of the event are available for more information.

In coordination with the webinar, ACHP released five new profiles to its series highlighting ACHP members’ work in their communities to address the full spectrum of total health drivers, including diet, chronic disease, health literacy and livable communities. View the full series here.