At Home

To kids, moms, dads, grandparents and other role models are all heroes. The habits and attitudes of these important caregivers heavily influence the eating and physical activity behaviors of children. Once solidified, these behaviors are more difficult to reverse in adulthood.


Key Solutions

Parents can do a lot to ensure that kids are getting the healthiest start:

Community Resources

Making your home a healthier place doesn’t have to start from the ground up. There are already great tools and programs that exist in the community:

  • Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition – a network of individual members and organizational partners dedicated to improving the health of Nebraskans by making breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy and collaboration.
  • YMCA of Greater Omaha – offers family financial assistance for those who meet income eligibility and offer a free Get Started program for all new members.
  • Children’s Hospital HEROES Program – a program that helps children who are overweight or obese and already experiencing related health issues like hypertension and diabetes.
  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha Healthy Home Project – a free community program for families who are interested in cooking healthier and moving more.
  • Healthy Families – an 8-week program that helps families who are struggling with one or more children at an unhealthy weight and are ready to make a change. This program helps families learn how to set and accomplish healthy goals.

Take Action

Change starts with YOU. Here are some simple ways for you to take immediate action:
  • Provide your children with the best possible start to life by breastfeeding.
  • Sit down each week and plan out meals for your family. This guide will help you with some budget-friendly meal planning ideas.
  • Teach your children the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® countdown and track their daily progress.
  • Be a positive role model. The BodyWorks: A Toolkit for Healthy Girls and Strong Women program provides you with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to increase healthy eating and physical activity. Encourage children to only eat if they are hungry instead of when bored, tired or sad.
Check out our Take Action Now page for additional ideas and resources to start making change in your school, at home or in your community.