HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living)
Healthy School Partnership Program
The Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Healthy School Partnership Program is a school-based initiative by Kaiser Permanente that aims to prevent and treat childhood obesity and increase healthy behaviors through full integration between the school and Wellness Center.
Our vision is to support the link between student wellness and student achievement via 4 goals:
1) Improving school-based healthcare services in obesity prevention and management.
2) Improving and increasing access to physical activity opportunities.
3) Improving and increasing access to healthy food and beverages options offered on campus.
4) Improving learning opportunities about healthy eating and active living.
How are our LAUSD children doing?
- 40% of 5th, 7th, and 9th graders are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight
- 14% of high school students are obese
- Fewer than 40% passed all 6 areas of the Fitnessgram test – a physical activity test for endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and body composition.
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Schools are an ideal setting for promoting, engaging and modeling life-long healthy eating and physical activity behaviors that could lead to the prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and their families. There is no other setting where:
- a large number of children are present approximately 6 – 8 hours a day
- a large number of children consume meals regularly
- parents are encouraged to be involved
- resources such as a school nurse and health and physical education programs are already in place
- obesity and diabetes prevention programs can be delivered at little or no cost to families who might not otherwise receive treatment.