A study published this year in the American Journal of Public Health offered powerful evidence that Voices for Healthy Kids is a promising model for changing policies that improve the nutrition and physical activity environment. The study reported that Voices for Healthy Kids support, both financial and technical, could increase the chances of passing state policy by 50 percent. In states without initiative support, 10 percent of bills were enacted, compared to 15 percent of bills in states with support from the initiative.
The power of Voices for Healthy Kids is not only in the direct policy wins we support, but also through technical assistance, capacity-building, and public education that is leading the way to positive change. We recognize that our success would not be possible without the collaboration of dozens of organizations in states across the nation who are sharing their expertise and passion for a healthier future.
The following pages detail many key highlights from the third year of
Voices for Healthy Kids, with inspiring examples of schools and communities that are truly dedicated to helping all children grow up at a healthy weight. Thank you again to everyone whose support has been so vital to our ongoing work to build a culture of health.