We’re working to reduce the number of overweight people in our region by 20%. It all starts with access to healthy food and exercise.
United Way’s Healthy Meal Program serves over 800 healthy meals a day in after-school programs for at-risk kids in our region. These meals and snacks give them the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.
Our Fit Kids project focuses on engaging youth and teens in programs that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles so they will grow up to become healthy adults.
So far: 82% of 3,371 participants have improved in at least one area on the school Fitnessgram® test that measures children’s physical fitness.
Now more than ever, our community needs you, your energy, passion, and commitment. Let’s work together as first responders to meet our community’s greatest needs.
The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative is a cross-regional effort of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities.
The HEAL Collaborative is hosting the 2015 Promising Practices Exchange as an opportunity to bring together entities interested in empowering low-income communities in nutrition education and an active lifestyle.
This all-day event will be comprised of sharing ideas, creating dialogue regarding relevant topics and recognizing the achievements and commitment of the ongoing work with health in our community.
Harvest of the Month is a set of tools and resources promoting healthy eating habits and nutrition education while showcasing locally grown produce. Its multi-functionality has allowed it to be utilized in a variety of settings – school, workplace, retail outlets, and many more.
Check back each month as we feature a new, in-season fresh fruit or vegetable that you can integrate at home, in the workplace and share with family and friends!
For the month of March, Harvest of the Month is highlighting spinach!
Reasons to eat spinach:
• One cup of fresh spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin K.
• A ½ cup of cooked spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate. It is also a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 – all important vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy.
• Vitamin K helps stop cuts and scrapes from bleeding too much and helps the healing process.
Obesity is one of the most preventable causes of chronic disease in the United States. Such diseases include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and even cancer. In the year 2010 alone, 36.1% of the children in the Sacramento County were found to be overweight or obese. Many socioeconomic factors contribute to this phenomenon, including lack of access to safe and secure playgrounds, food deserts, and the high availability of non-nutritious foods.
The mission of United Way Healthy Meals is to dramatically increase the consumption of well balanced, nutritious meals by children in United Way California Capital Region’s service area in order to achieve its goal of a 20% increase in the amount of children living a healthy lifestyle in five years.
All meals served through the Healthy Meals Program are made with high quality ingredients, minimally processed and nutrient dense. They are void of artificial preservatives, coloring, flavoring and high fructose corn syrup.
We are currently serving over 800 meals a day in at-risk after school programs in Sacramento and Placer counties. These meals are served at all five elementary schools in the Robla School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Placer County.
Since the Healthy Meals Program launched in September 2014, the program has served 76,686 healthy meals in 6 after school programs.
For more information contact Program Coordinator Katelyn Niel.
United Way’s Fit Kids project creates opportunities for kids to create healthy habits that will last into their adulthood. Youth and teens are engaged in programs and 1:1 group counseling to promote positive behavior, healthy eating and physically active lifestyles all in effort to fight what this video calls – bubble trouble.
Parker was a serious basketball fan. At just 8 years old, he saw the Sacramento Kings in the newspaper and started looking up their scores after the games. Soon he had the basketball bug and wanted to learn to play.
Parker joined YMCA Superior California’s after-school program, which is funded by United Way’s health initiative that includes our Fit Kids project. He learned a hard lesson: It’s hard to get the ball in the basket. Fortunately, a staff member encouraged him to keep practicing.