Live Well Omaha Kids

 

Mission:

Live Well Omaha Kids works collaboratively to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in Greater Omaha by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environment change.

Vision:

Our community thrives because all kids engage in lifelong healthy eating and active living habits.

Why Healthy Weight is Our Focus:

In the Omaha Metro Area, one in four youth are at an unhealthy weight. The 2015 Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment concluded that “obesity, nutrition and exercise” ranked as the perceived number-one 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.

Since 2006, Live Well Omaha Kids (LWOK) has served as the healthy weight coalition for Douglas County to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live a healthy life. Headquartered at Live Well Omaha since 2015, the coalition achieves what organizations working separately cannot – healthier kids. There are three focus areas of Live Well Omaha’s current strategic plan 1) advancing healthy weight policy and advocacy, 2) Partners for Healthy Schools – supporting direct service educators and providers to elevate school wellness, 3) working with neighbors in key zip codes to build assets for health.

The Steering Committee:

The Live Well Omaha Kids coalition is implemented via an executive-level steering committee, topic-focused workgroups, and a diligent and committed Director to drive the project’s results.

Steering Committee members meet quarterly to help guide 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
  • UNMC College of Public Health
Live Well Omaha has created a series of map to bring local data together to begin to tell the story of disparities in our community. Click on the above map to see the interactive story of childhood healthy weight and neighborhood barriers to physical activity.

What We Can Accomplish Together:

In 2016, a Steering Committee formed and set Guiding Principles.

In 2017, the Steering Committee looked at childhood obesity data, local health issues by zip code, and conducted a Landscape Analysis of more than 20 local program or direct service providers to make the following Key Decisions to guide future work.

The Steering Committee also created a Logic Model to show how the coalition aims to make community-level change.

In 2018, LWOK conducted agency leader and resident focus groups in 68111 and 68107 to better understand families’ experiences with kids’ eating, play, and use of community resources. The results are collected and analyzed in a full report and a short summary in English and Spanish. Moving forward, LWOK partners will work with residents to make needed policy, systems, and environmental changes to positively impact children’s health. View our 2018 mid-year wins here.

Active work groups in the coalition include Resident Engagement, Interventions, and School Wellness Policy.

If you’d like to learn more about the Steering Committee and work groups, please contact Live Well Omaha Kids at info@livewellomaha.org.