Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

HKC Partners in Health

Healthy Kids Challenge® is dedicated to staying up to date with the most current research. Networking and partnering with professionals and organizations that share the same commitment to providing quality evidence-based resources is an important component. Overcoming problems of poor eating habits and inactivity calls for a “Partners in Health” team effort!

    The Healthy Kids Challenge and SPARK partnership offers nutrition education and physical education resources and training for a coordinated school health or afterschool program. The SPARK PE coordinated program has been proven effective in increasing student MVPA (moderate to vigorous activity). In addition, the partnership content and methodology strive to create direct links in home and community environments.

  • Action for Healthy Kids
    Action for Healthy Kids® is the nation's leading nonprofit and volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places; teaching kids to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn. To access school-based wellness resources go to

  • The Kansas Health Foundation
    The Kansas Health Foundation is committed to improving the health of all Kansans.  Through the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI), the Foundation is partnering with 20 Kansas communities to promote policy, systems and environmental changes that support healthy eating and active living.  HKC provides assistance to identify best practices necessary to create community support for policy change, including aspects of community mobilization, community education and advocacy with policymakers.  HKC also serves as a resource clearinghouse for HCI Leadership Teams, including connecting communities with in-state expertise.

  • Kansas Center for the Book
    The Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  Thanks to a grant funded by the United Methodist Ministry Health Fund, Healthy Kids Challenge collaborated with community libraries across Kansas to support preschoolers with reading, healthy eating and physical activity. The Kansas Parent Resource Information Center also supports simple solutions for healthier Kansas kids.

  • Home Baking Association
    The Home Baking Association (HBA) connects with youth educators in and out of school, at-home, on-line, at day and residential camps and community programs to provide resources to promote the benefits of baking. HBA has the tools and knowledge to perpetuate future generations of home bakers.

  • Veggiecation
    The Veggiecation Program, a curriculum based nutrition education program, introduces young students to the delicious world of vegetables while teaching them the importance of health and nutrition. To learn more about this innovative (and delicious) approach to nutrition education visit:

  • Annie's
    Annie’s launched garden resources and grants in partnership with the National Farm to School Network ( to inspire kids to dig and plant.

  • America's Promise Alliance
    In 2000, Healthy Kids Challenge became a partner with this leader in forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources they need to succeed – the Five Promises (caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others) – at home, in school and out in the community. Having these essentials in their lives dramatically increases the likelihood that students will succeed academically, complete high school and be prepared for college, work and life.

  • Johnson & Wales University
    Johnson & Wales University's leadership in career education, a focus on experiential learning, and bachelor of science degree in culinary nutrition, foodservice entrepreneurship, foodservice management and food marketing, made the university an exceptionally remarkable partner for the Stirring Up Health™ Recipe Contest. The contest has ended, however it built the foundation for what is now an exceptional hands-on learning activity.

  • Learning ZoneXpress
    Learning ZoneXpress has award-winning innovative classroom videos, posters, games, tablets, incentives and more. Owner, president and former FACS teacher, Melanie Nelson's commitment to developing creative materials for teachers and students brought Healthy Kids Challenge and Learning ZoneXpress together to develop several interactive kids' activity books.

  • Nourish Interactive
    NourishInteractive is a completely free website devoted towards making nutrition and exercise fun. provides fun, interactive online games for kids that are designed to teach through animation, exploration, and decision-making. It is the first website to create “matching” nutritional tools, one for the parent and one for the child, so the entire family can work as a team to establish good nutrition at home. The site is available in English and Spanish.

  • Nutrition For Kids Newsletter and 24 Carrot Press
    Nutrition for Kids is sponsored by 24 Carrot Press, founded in 1995 by Connie Evers, MS, RD, an award-winning registered dietitian who has dedicated her career to promoting the nutritional health of children and adolescents. 24 Carrot Press publishes books and materials that take a positive, fun approach to the more serious issues that affect children today, including obesity, eating disorders, poor eating habits and inactivity.

  • OrganWise Guys
    The OrganWise Guys is an award-winning program teaching the valued fundamentals of proper nutrition and exercise. Teachers, parents and children enthusiastically applaud this age-appropriate, science-based instruction. Healthy Kids Challenge Director and Assistant Director are nutrition content editors and since 1998, have partnered with The OrganWise Guys to help support the development of healthy eating and physical activity habits.

  • Relish for Moms and Kids
    Relish for Kids aims to helps parents and kids cook together, eat together, and plan better meals together seven days a week, three meals a day, one bite at a time. The Cooking How To  and Healthy Recipe  sections help educators and parents teach and inspire healthy cooking.
    Relish for Moms and Kids  has a seasonal downloadable magazine just for moms and kids!


Corporate Partners in Health Making a Healthy Difference

In recent years, Healthy Kids Challenge® has worked with numerous others in the industry to generate healthy messages, develop tools, activities, and creative lessons for KidLinks™, people who can help kids make healthy eating and physical activity choices a habit.  Best practices were developed through various forms of collaboration with corporations such as

  • Cooking Light
    After starting as a nonprofit of Cooking Light in 1998 and becoming an independent nonprofit in 2001, Healthy Kids Challenge maintained a partnership that continued to make a healthy difference.
  • Lifeway Foods
    Lifeway Foods celebrated 25 years of active culture with a national traveling anniversary bike tour party. As a result of the tour, HKC was chosen to receive a $25,000 donation because the organization shares Lifeway's commitment to good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Del Monte
    Del Monte solely sponsored HKC's Stirring Up Health™  annual national middle school recipe contest for two consecutive years. Del Monte has also sponsored the My Healthy Challenge  wellness newsletter and provided prizes for the success story winners.

  • Mission Foods
    Mission Foods has sponsored the HKC Dance for Healthevent and  co-sponsored HKC's Stirring Up Health  annual national middle school recipe contest and a HKC Walk Through the Pyramid   at a Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival Fun and Fit as a Family event .
  • Cabot Creamery
    Cabot co-sponsored HKC's 2008-2009 Stirring Up Health  annual national recipe contest for 7th and 8th graders. In addition, Cabot provided sponsorship support for HKC's Walk Through the Pyramid   display during the 2008 Food Network's Fun and Fit as a Family event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
  • Nestlé
    Nestlé Pure Life partnered with Healthy Kids Challenge to create a healthier future for kids and families. Families were invited to take part in 2 initiatives: Nestle-HKC Facebook Cause and Nestle Pure Life Pledge. Thanks to the success of these initiatives, $100,000 was donated to help in our fight against childhood obesity.
  • Arby's
    Healthy Kids Challenge and Arby's® teamed up to create awareness of healthy eating and physical activity. Air Arby's® high-flying toys were designed to encourage families to get active outside. HKC offered a discount for kids activity booklets with the purchase of a healthy kids meal.
  • Aquafina
    HKC and Aquafina developed a collection of hydration tip sheets for educators to use in teaching the important role of water as a beverage. 
  • AstraZeneca
    AstraZeneca and Healthy Kids Challenge joined in message and action to educate families about identifying and managing gastroesophageal acid reflux disease, commonly known as GERD. The campaign included a kids’ cooking contest for GERD friendly recipes, school events in Kansas City and Orlando, and resources for schools and families in a Habits for Health toolkit: Habits for Health Family Tips and Habits for Health School Tips. 
  • Colavita
    Colavita collaborated on a community Walk Through the Pyramid™ and healthy web tips.
  • Discovery Education
    With Discovery Education, HKC created five food basics learning modules for use with adult audiences in a variety of settings.
  • Kraft
    HKC was one of the contributors to Salsa, Sabor y Salud - a first-of-its-kind healthy lifestyles educational program designed by Latinos for Latinos.
  • Campbell’s
    Fantastically Fit was a weeklong campaign developed specifically for school food service.
  • Friendship Dairy
    Another product of collaboration was the Friendship Dairy teacher tool
  • National Potato Promotion Board
    As an early supporter of Healthy Kids Challenge, The National Potato Promotion Board collaborated to develop the first HKC toolkits for elementary schools.
    Protos Foods Inc., the manufacturer for OSTRIM Meat Snacks, which are designed for people who are serious about their nutrition, joined in the Healthy Kids Challenge message to help kids eat, move, and enjoy a healthy balance.