Every Kid Healthy Week
School and Community Events Highlight Vital Importance of Student Health & Wellness
Each year, schools across the country celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week, marking their accomplishments in creating healthier learning environments for students. Since 2013, more than five thousand schools and 2.5 million students, school staff and community volunteers have celebrated Every Kid Healthy Week during the last week of April which is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Through a variety of health, fitness and nutrition-themed events, schools demonstrate their commitment to improving access to physical activity and better nutrition for all students.
“The need to support health and wellness programs in schools remains a critical health and education issue,” says Rob Bisceglie, CEO of Action for Healthy Kids. “Working with thousands of schools and school districts and dozens of other organizations nationwide, we are collectively trying to help put kids on a healthy path so they can succeed academically and develop habits that will keep them healthy for a lifetime.”
Schools host events that range from taste testing healthy foods and planting school gardens to renovating school playgrounds and hosting family fitness nights, and more. Interested schools can visit EveryKidHealthyWeek.org.
Everyone is encouraged to join the celebration online by sharing photos of their events in social media using #EveryKidHealthy. Schools don’t get to have all the fun as the organization invites any company or organization that wants to host a health-promoting event for employees to register their event.
National sponsors of Every Kid Healthy Week 2018 include ALDI, CSX Transportation and GoGo squeeZ, longstanding partners of AFHK and sponsors of their School Grants for Healthy Kids.
Action for Healthy Kids is a nationwide grassroots network mobilizing school professionals, families and communities to take actions that improve school foods, nutrition education and physical education for all students. With funding opportunities, expert technical assistance, and our flagship program, Game On, Action for Healthy Kids provides full support to schools and families to develop healthy school environments where children thrive.