KIPP Healthy Habits

Funded by a Champions for Healthy Kids grant from General Mills, we have begun a collaboration with KIPP Victory Academy, a local charter school serving underprivileged elementary school children. With Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, we have worked to design an obesity prevention program for the school that will set students and families up to live healthy lifestyles now and in the future. The program concentrates on changing the school environment to promote healthy habits, integrating an evidence-based curriculum for physical education, and harnessing parent and family support to encourage healthy choices and activities at both school and home.