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Healthy Directions can offer services and programs, in addition to Healthy Children Healthy Futures (HCHF) by joining forces with a wide-variety of public organizations, foundations and corporations to provide effective resources and targeted initiatives.

The goal of Healthy Children Healthy Futures is to create a replicable school program for children and their parents to become advocates - through their schools, families and communities – for healthy eating and physical activity. The HCHF initiative has three components - children, parent and media components. The training includes a curriculum and student workbook on healthy eating, physical activity and the role of children and parents as advocates for healthy food consumption and physical fitness. This program provides an opportunity for training on media technology and training children to create media messaging.

At the completion of a 20-week session which is delivered two times per week, a culminating event is recommended at each of the participating schools to showcase lessons learned and the media campaigns created through the HCHF initiative. The Healthy Children Healthy Futures project was originally intended for under-served youth, ages 9 to 13, and was piloted in three large US cities – Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta. It was replicated in four additional cities – Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas.


A Tool Kit features a Healthy Eating Kid Packet originally designed for tweens, ages 9-14, and a Facilitator Guide that describes carefully planned sessions for a 12-20 week program. Session time can be flexible based on the type of media being developed by the participants.

At each session, it is recommended that children receive a healthy snack (described in the guide) and participate in an “active energizer” physical activity. By the end of the program, young participants will have developed a print, radio, animation or social media campaign for peers, promoting healthy eating and physical activity. There is a pre-post child-health questionnaire that can be used to determine program effectiveness.

Training for After-School Staff Facilitators

  • An in-depth review of the healthy eating, physical activity and media literacy components
  • Technology for creating healthy eating and physical activity print, radio and video/social networking.
  • Evaluation process and measures
  • Planning and implementation of a culminating event for children, parents and communities

In addition, follow-up technical on-line assistance can be offered to assist facilitators with the program activities and to assure sustainability of the Program.
A 50-question multiple choice survey on the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of eating and physical activity can be administered at the beginning and end of the program.