Advocacy is a way to lift our collective voices and ensure that the health of children is a priority in policy making. On February 2, a “Child Hunger and Obesity Advocacy” breakfast, led by Action for Healthy Kids and sponsored by Live Well Omaha Kids, Hunger Free Heartland, and Voices for Children took place at the State Capitol. Lawmakers, school nutrition professionals, health care leaders and anti-hunger advocates converged to hear about the challenges child hunger and obesity present in Nebraska classrooms, learn about innovative ways schools are equipping students with good nutrition and physical activity, and discussed how advocates can support student health and academic achievement.

Lieutenant Colonel William Prusia of the Nebraska Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention Battalion, shared how the Army National Guard is tackling obesity among its ranks and Stacey Rawlings, former school counselor at Druid Hill Elementary in OPS, ended the program on a high note as she talked about the school’s pioneering nutrition efforts to make sure every child, every day was ready to learn. Among many wonderful initiatives, Druid Hill Elementary implemented the Community Eligibility Provision to provide free school breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of family income. Thanks to all who attended, and keep up the great work on behalf of Nebraska school children!