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KID HEALTHY Childhood Obesity Prevention Program Reflects First Lady's Focus
Date:3/4/2010

food and physical activity a part of everyday life," said Diana Bonta, vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Since 1994, Kaiser Permanente has contributed more than $1 million in grants to fund the KID HEALTHY educational campaign for Southern California children.  

The campaign also engages parents and gives them the tools to implement healthy changes in the home, school and neighborhood. In recent years, small grants were provided to parents and teachers for such environmental improvements as school gardens, basketball courts and backboards, walking tracks and handball walls.  "This year, a handful of parents in Santa Ana are being trained as health promoters to learn about and improve school wellness policies," notes Mrs. Teichmann. "We plan to offer them a mini-grant to fund any changes they see that would make a viable difference at the school level."

KID HEALTHY was founded by ABC7 and is supported by a coalition of local non-profit volunteers, state and county agencies and corporate sponsors.  The project is implemented in elementary schools with assistance from the Network for a Healthy California-Children's PowerPlay! Campaign.  A review conducted in 2006 and published in Preventive Medicine: An International Journal Devoted to Practice and Theory identified the Children's PowerPlay! Campaign as "one of the top ten programs worldwide to
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