Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Learn About Our SPARK Partnership

Learn about our HKC-SPARK partnership which engages school and youth group leaders nationwide to energize healthier school environments.

Learn about our SPARK PE Partnership

The HKC - SPARK Partnership

Together Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC) and SPARK connect nutrition and physical activity! Schools across the nation, striving to improve students' health and wellness, are using HKC and SPARK resources, training, and assistance to make a healthy difference for kids and families.

Healthy Kids Challenge is a nationally recognized, award winning non profit and SPARK is the most field tested and research based PE program ever.

In partnership with SPARK, HKC helps guide best practice solutions to the growing problem of inactive and poorly nourished kids.

Nutrition lessons for kids

Healthy Kids Challenge® continuously strives to align the Balance My Day Nutrition Education Curriculum with the most recent nationally recognized standards such as:

 

 

HKC + SPARK Partnership News

SPARK partners with Healthy Kids Challenge and Healthy Lifestyle Choices to create a comprehensive youth health program for TX students.

SPARK™, provider of the world's most-researched physical education programs, was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as one of only three state-approved Coordinated School Health (CSH) Programs for students in grades K-8. The SPARK CSH program gives districts tools to provide physical education and physical activity, as well as health education and nutrition education, in order to create a comprehensive student health program. When implemented in a coordinated fashion, it has been proven to improve student health parameters and thus counter childhood obesity.

"Was easy to understand and to teach to students; received a lot of good ideas." - HKC Workshop participant, Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX

To learn more about the SPARK CSH program and the TEA approval, click here.

To learn more about the SPARK CSH program and the TEA approval, join SPARK’s free informational webinar on Wednesday, September 10th at 3:30 PM Central.

Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/866072778.

- See more at: http://www.sparkpe.org/coordinated-school-health/tx-coordinated-school-health/#sthash.8p1HAGZW.dpuf

To learn more about the SPARK CSH program and the TEA approval, join SPARK’s free informational webinar on Wednesday, September 10th at 3:30 PM Central.

Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/866072778.

- See more at: http://www.sparkpe.org/coordinated-school-health/tx-coordinated-school-health/#sthash.8p1HAGZW.dpuf

What schools are saying about HKC-SPARK trainings

Mentor, OH, School District and Lake County General Health District said:

"Healthy Kids Challenge training gave physical education teachers from 28 elementary schools the tools necessary to incorporate nutrition curriculum into their everyday classes."

"The methods used are simple and time efficient which allows physical education teachers to incorporate lessons into their short class periods."

"[HKC] provides the knowledge and experience necessary to produce a successful training while keeping participants engaged!"

“I would recommend the SPARK Program workshops to others because it’s a great program for a subject that doesn't always get a lot of attention."

Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX, participants said:

"Was easy to understand and to teach to students; received a lot of good ideas."

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, TX, participant said:

“Healthy Kids Challenge curriculum is so much fun! It allows students to develop their nutrition knowledge and practice healthy behaviors at the same time. Students love the hands on opportunity to create a healthy snack and share it with their family. Healthy Kids Challenge curriculum, training, and distance assistance have provided us with the tools to help our students make healthy choices!" -PEP Grant Manager


Partnership Components

Curriculum
Audiences:  School staff and youth group leaders  Grades K-2, 3-5 or 6-8.
HKC Balance My Day™-Nutrition Education Curriculum Click Here for more information and to view sample content.

Training
Audiences: School wellness teams (district-wide or individual schools); physical educators, classroom teachers, youth group leaders, and more.        
HKC and SPARK offer two training options from which to choose: "Balance My Day™" Training or a Nutrition-Themed Workshop. Click Here for more information on the Training options.

Distance Assistance Program
Audiences:  As described in training. 
The best use of this program is as a follow-up after a Balance My Day™ curriculum training or other trainings! Click Here for more information on the Distance Assistance Program.

Grant Help
Many grants, such as the PEP grant (The Carol White Physical Education Program) incorporate both nutrition education and physical activity.  Healthy Kids Challenge and SPARK can help you with a plan, resources, and training to achieve effective outcomes. Click Here for Grant Help.


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PEP Grant Information

PEP Grant coordinators - Resources from HKC-SPARK to get started:

Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) funding assists in initiating, expanding, or enhancing physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in grades K-12. The PEP program is aligned with and supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools (now known as Active Schools) initiative to get kids moving before, during and after school.

For a complete listing of all 2014 Carol M. White PEP Grant Recipients, click here. Congratulations to all the winners!

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