Why This Health Issue Deserves Our Attention
According to the 2018 PRC Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment, one in three youth in the Metro Area are obese or overweight (this is 35.9% of Metro Area children age 5-17). The same report concluded that “obesity, nutrition and exercise” ranked as the number-one perceived health issue for children under the age of 12 among parents of children in that age group.
These children have an increased risk of chronic illness and an increased risk of premature death as adults. And collectively we are doing something about it.
Collaboration is Key
Live Well Omaha Kids, under the leadership of Live Well Omaha, works collaboratively to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in Greater Omaha by creating healthy environments for all children and families. A number of effective strategies are used:
- Policy development
- Environment change
The Live Well Omaha Kids coalition is implemented via a Steering Committee which guides the vision and strategy of this collective effort to prevent childhood obesity. Current partners in the coalition include:
- American Heart Association
- Boys Town National Research Hospital
- Charles Drew Health Center
- Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
- CHI Health
- Creighton University
- Douglas County Board of Health
- Douglas County Health Department
- Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
- OneWorld Community Health Center
- Pottawattamie County Public Health
- Sarpy/Cass Health Department
- UNMC College of Public Health
The Importance of this Partnership
CHI Health and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center have teamed up with Live Well Omaha Kids to make an even greater impact in the Greater Omaha community, more than any one organization could do alone.
“CHI Health invests in healthy children and families because we know so much of what affects a person’s health happens outside of our hospital walls. As a faith- based organization, we believe it is a moral imperative to invest in prevention and early intervention efforts that ensure all children can grow to be healthy adults and reach their full potential in life,” said Ashley Carroll, Healthier Communities Coordinator at CHI Health.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center invests in the mission of Live Well Omaha Kids to support our shared vision that the community thrives when all kids engage in lifelong healthy eating and active living habits. – Center for the Child & Community at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.