See what we have been up to during the first six months of 2018:
Live Well Omaha Kids’ Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) data collected from the three schools reveal a majority of students arrive by single family vehicle, despite many living within a mile of the school. Surveys completed by parents identified common barriers to walking or biking to schools, such as distance, weather, and perception of safety. These surveys, coupled with data from neighborhood walk audits, informed the strategies for encouraging students and parents to participate in the SRTS selected by each newly- formed School Advisory Council.
Programs, policies and projects slated for implementation during the summer and fall of 2018 include: painting crosswalks and bike racks, lengthening crosswalk lights, incorporating bike safety education into classroom curriculum, forming a neighborhood watch, hosting community clean up and Walk to School days, and installing signage to designate safe routes to school and local family attractions.
Live Well Omaha Kids created resources to help educators enhance their school wellness initiatives and policies around these topics: school wellness councils, staff wellness, physical activity, and community partners. We also began meeting with school board members to learn about district priorities and share how we can support their goals. Further, we conducted research to assess current physical education practices among a sample of third- grade students across six third-grade classrooms.
Live Well Omaha Kids brings together a healthy child weight coalition in order to achieve what organizations working separately cannot – healthier kids. Our steering committee helps guide the vision and strategy of our collective efforts to prevent childhood obesity. We are grateful for the time, expertise, and funding provided by area healthy youth champions.
Advocacy is a way to lift our collective voices and ensure that the health of children is a priority in policy-making. Live Well Omaha Kids is undergoing education and training to better connect with the community and elected officials to ensure ALL children have equitable access to physical activity opportunities and nourishing foods. Read about the breakfast we co-sponsored.
Understanding the lived experiences of parents and caregivers in the Omaha area is an important piece of our collective efforts. Live Well Omaha Kids is working to engage with these adults long-term to co-create solutions for addressing child healthy weight.