Childhood Obesity Awareness


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The Good News: Childhood obesity CAN be prevented

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Live Well Omaha Kids and its partners are raising awareness of the obesity epidemic and are showcasing how our community can come together towards a solution.

Together we can commit to reaching toward a healthy lifestyle so we can serve as examples of healthy eating and active living for our community’s children. There are lots of ways to be healthy, but most important is to be a good role model and practice healthy habits.

What's Happening in Omaha

Live Well Omaha Kids has gathered resources in our community that are working every day to tackle childhood obesity while improving the healthy eating and active living habits of children and families. We are sharing Omaha’s success stories, organizations and efforts to end childhood obesity in our community.

“There are so many amazing organizations in Omaha that offer wonderful information on leading a healthy life for families, especially kids. Get involved in one close to you today! Include the entire family in participating and make changes slowly and steadily. Working together, supporting each other can not only improve your health but also build better relationships between family members.” — Sandy Andersen, Health & Fitness Manager, Salvation Army Kroc Center

Healthy Eating

Youth Emergency Services (YES)
Serves homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient, including helping to educate kids about what good-for-you eating looks like.

Tomato Tomato – Community Supported Agriculture
Families can use SNAP funds to purchase local produce and attend cooking classes at the indoor farmer’s market

UNL Extension – Food and nutrition programs, Eating Smart from the Start
Food and Nutrition classes for youth throughout the Omaha metro area

Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work – Healthy Neighborhood Stores Educational food demonstration at area grocery stores
>> Read their success story

Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work – Snack & GO
Dispays and signage help store customers healthier, ready-to-eat snack options

Visiting Nurse Association – Cooking Matters
A series of free, fun and interactive cooking classes on-site at Children’s and out in the community. In a group education setting, professional chefs and registered dietitians will teach nutrition education, cooking skills, food safety, meal planning and food budgeting strategies.
>> 2014 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient
>> Read their success story

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition –
A free online resource that helps childcare providers and parents teach children about healthy eating habits and active play.
>> 2014 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient

City Sprouts – Community Gardens and Sustainable Urban Farming
Community gardening and education related to gardening, food prep, preservation and community.

Whispering Roots – Let’s Grow Aquaponics Program
Teaches students (and adults) the process of growing food through cutting-edge, soil-less aquaponic systems.  “Let’s Grow” strives to change eating behaviors and attitudes through hands-on learning and growing activities.
>> 2014 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient

United Methodist Ministries – The Big Garden
A network of over 100 community gardens in metro-Omaha and rural and semi-rural communities in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.
>> Read their success story

Heartland Family Service – Ruth K. Solomon Girls Center
An after-school program for girls age 5-18 that helps develop positive skills from gardening to making healthy choices.

CHI Health – Healthy Families
A free, 8-week family-based program for children and teens that have received a diagnosis of being overweight or obese from their health care provider and are ready to make a healthy behavior change
>> Read their success story

CHI Health – Weight Management
Programs designed to cater to both adults and children with more serious weight loss needs, which can include surgical and meal replacement options
>> Read their success story

Active Living

Live Well Omaha – Safe Routes to School
Sustained efforts to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school

Children’s Hospital – HEROES
Teaching families with children that are overweight or obese and meet specific medical criteria how to live a healthy and active lifestyle

The Salvation Army Kroc Center – Healthy Home Project
A fun, family approach to increased movement and better nutrition through a 12-week series of classes and activities that center around healthy habits including physical activity and cooking classes
>> Read their success story

CHI Health Lakeside – HealthWorks
A program that parents and teens can do together (ages 15 +) that includes a membership to the Lakeside Wellness Center and access to health coaches and education sessions
>> Read their success story

Charles Drew – Earn-A-Bike Project
This program gives North Omaha youth the opportunity to earn a new bike through participation in health education, cooking and family exercise classes, as well as several hours of community service. Children will learn and engage on a community level as they work toward a positive reward that further encourages physical activity.
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient

Community Coalition – Biking on Omaha Trails
Encouraging families to be active on the Keystone Trail

Healing Tender Hearts – Eat Healthy Stay Fit
Awareness to the signs and dangers of heart disease, strokes, etc.

Yoga Rocks the Park – Camp Yoga Rocks
Yoga class for kids ages 3-10
>> Read their success story

Stretch-n-Grow of Greater Omaha
A children’s fitness program partnering with local childcare centers and preschools to introduce fitness, exercise, health and nutrition
>> Read their success story

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands – Triple Play Plus
An eight-week summer program that champions healthy living through nutrition education and increased opportunities for physical activity. Participants will enjoy cooking demonstrations and receive free, fresh produce to take home. Fitness trackers will be used to measure movement.
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient

Completely KIDS – Healthy KIDS
Provides after-school programming that gives children daily access to nutritious food, physical activity and health education. Additionally, it will offer special fitness classes and health-focused events for families. Data from Fitbits will demonstrate participants’ progress and the program’s effectiveness.
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient

At School

CHI Health – Go! Nebraska Kids
Community members, organizations, teachers, medical providers, and families working together to help kids be healthy in Nebraska. On this site you can find tips, activities, resources and more to practice 5-4-3-2-1 Go!®
>> Read their success story

CHI Health – NAP SACC Early Childhood Education
An evidence–based tool to help child care providers ensure their kids, staff, and families develop and practice healthy habits
>> Read their success story

Live Well Omaha – Partners for Healthy Schools
A network of dedicated partners aimed at supporting schools to make sustainable changes in healthy eating and active living for students, staff and families.
>> Read their success story

Building Healthy Futures – Healthy Huskies Club
Building Healthy Futures through Youth-Driven, Peer-led Obesity Program is a pilot designed to empower young people to create a culture of healthy living within the school community.  Utilizing a Youth Health Advisory Council, students will educate peers on ways to have a healthier lifestyle within their school and community by addressing nutrition, physical activity, and body image.
>> 2014 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient
>> Read their success story

Midwest Childcare Association – NAP SACC Workshop
Making changes to diet and teaching children about healthy eating

Nebraska Loves Public Schools Health & Wellness
Teaching healthy eating habits and creating extra physical activities for students in all grades, as well as helping teachers incorporate physical activity into meetings and classrooms

Omaha Public Schools – Grab and Go Breakfast!
Increasing the number of students eating breakfast due to accessibility
>> Read their success story

Papillion La Vista Community Schools – Purposeful Movement
Taking the curriculum being taught in classrooms and adding movement to it.
>> Read their success story

Midwest Dairy Council – Fuel up to Play 60
A school wellness program which encourages our youth to choose nutrient-rich foods first and get out and play at least 60 minutes each day

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center – GoNoodle
Using fun, interactive ways to get kids in class up, moving, and taking “brain breaks”
>> Read their success story


Douglas County Health Department – High School Citizens Youth Advisory Health Council
A group put together to engage high school students in health-related issues and their local government

OneWorld Community Health Centers – South Omaha Shape Up
Brings nutrition and exercise lessons into South Omaha childcare centers. “Promotoras”—lay community workers—will teach childcare staff, children and parents the importance of healthy living through active, hands-on learning.
>> 2014 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient

YMCA of Greater Omaha – Bringing Healthy Lifestyles to Camp
Incorporating the CATCH nutrition curriculum into its summer camp programming and offering healthier daily snacks and weekly cooking demonstrations by local dietitians for campers to enjoy.
>> 2015 Children’s Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant Recipient