Healthy Kids and Kidneys (HKK) is an 8-week evidence-based health education and disease prevention program, offered to fifth-seventh grade students in elementary/middle schools within Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, and Inkster.
The NKFM staff, teachers and other school staff, as well as community volunteers with expertise in nutrition and physical activity, serve as lay health educators who deliver key health messages in all the Healthy Kids programs. These trained educators provide lessons and activities for students that help to create positive attitudes about good nutrition and encourage acceptance of a variety of healthful foods. They also act as positive role models to reinforce and foster the development of good physical activity habits; promote an understanding of the relationship between food, activity and health; as well as employ age-appropriate health promotion messages and materials.
Each approach is tailored to the children’s grade level to encourage them to choose healthy foods and to be more physically active in their classroom and at play. The result is improved values and attitudes related to the acceptance of healthy lifestyles as well as positive behavior change that will reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic disease. Outcomes from the 2010-2011 school year show that HKK was successful at increasing student knowledge about the benefits of healthy nutrition and physical activity, as well as prompting them to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Bethune Elementary-Middle School
Langston Hughes Academy
Foreign Language Immersion
Detroit Enterprise Academy
A. L. Holmes Academy
Henderson Elementary School
Marquette Elementary/Middle School
Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy
Pierre Toussaint Academy
Durant-Tuuri Mott School
Blanchette Middle School
Owen Elementary School
Pontiac Academy of Excellence
For more information on Healthy Kids and Kidneys or to find out how to become a Voluntary Health Educator, contact:
Detroit Branch office 313-259-1574