A new policy could change health and wellness inside Little Rock schools in a big way.
Voices for Healthy Kids, a multiyear collaboration of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve children's health, has been named the winner of the 2018 AEA Outstanding Evaluation Award!
The AEA Outstanding Evaluation Award acknowledges outstanding organizations and outstanding work in policy evaluation. The Voices for Healthy Kids evaluation team included more than a dozen senior evaluators from Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Portland State Universities, as well as Synthesis Professional Services, Inc., Barker Bi-Coastal Health Consultants, Inc., and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition. The award was accepted by George Grob, President of the Center for Public Program Evaluation, LLC, on behalf of Voices for Healthy Kids.
Voices for Healthy Kids provides leadership and support to policy advocacy groups to convince state legislators, mayors, and councils of large metropolitan cities to adopt policies (legislation, regulations, and management initiatives) conducive to making each day healthier for all children. Examples include promoting healthier kids meals in schools and restaurants, eliminating the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages in schools, and promoting more frequent, effective physical education in schools as the cornerstone of comprehensive physical activity before, during, and after the school day.
Policy makers in states and localities where Voices for Healthy Kids advocates are active have enacted 147 legislative, regulatory, or management policies since the start of the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative.
A new policy could change health and wellness inside Little Rock schools in a big way.
Harris County, the most populous county in Texas and home to the Lone Star State’s largest city, Houston, recently passed a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) program. The program will benefit under-resourced communities across the county by supporting the areas of healthy food retail, nutrition education and urban agriculture. Don’t miss the details on this exciting program!
Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Councilmembers introduced new legislation that would levy a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks in the District. The American Heart Association (AHA) came out in strong support of this legislation. Read on to learn more.
Election Day brought several successes to make transportation safer for millions in cities in Texas, Arizona, and North Carolina! Additionally, we have more good news out of the state of Oregon where voters beat back industry efforts to weaken the ability of local governments to protect the health of their communities. Here’s a brief round-up of this historic progress:
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
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At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
Building contact lists of supporters to engage in advocacy
They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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