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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Click here to RSVP for the Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants Symposium on Feb. 23, 2017.

Did you know that childhood obesity is the number one health concern of parents in the greater Omaha metro? It’s true, according to the 2015 Child & Adolescent Community Health Needs Assessment, co-sponsored by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Childhood obesity is a health crisis on the national level, as well, affecting 17 percent of children and teens in the United States. Obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is committed to preventing childhood obesity through proactive programs focused on education. Children’s dedication stems from its mission—“To improve the life of every child—through dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education and advocacy”—and its responsiveness to the health concerns of Heartland families. The organization is uniquely positioned in the area to be an effective leader for change on this critical issue. By providing leadership and support to the community, we hope to achieve our vision: eliminate childhood obesity. However, we know we can’t realize this vision on our own. We understand “it takes a village” to tackle such a dangerous trend.

That's why Children's created Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants to harness the strength of community partners and touch as many young lives as possible. This spring, we'll award a quarter of a million dollars in grants to non-profit partners, equipping them to improve the health and lives of children. 

Please click here to watch a video that highlights Children's Preventing Childhood Obesity Program and the steps we're taking to make a difference!


2015 Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants

Click here to watch a video of our 2015-16 grant partners' programs in action!

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Initiative: Triple Play Plus

Charles Drew Health Center
Initiative: 2015 Charles Drew Health Center Earn-A-Bike Program

Completely KIDS
Initiative: Healthy KIDS

Council Bluffs Community School District
Initiative: Creating the Path to Healthy Living

Creighton University College of Nursing
Initiative: Creighton University College of Nursing Balanced Band School Program

Families in Action
Initiative: Amigos en Accion/Friends in Action

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Initiative: TeachKidsNutrition.org

OneWorld Community Health Centers
Initiative: South Omaha Shape Up

Visiting Nurse Association
Initiative: Cooking Matters

The YMCA of Greater Omaha
Initiative: Bringing Healthy Lifestyles to Camp



2014 Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants

Click here to watch a video of our 2014-15 grant partners' programs in action!

Building Healthy Futures
Initiative: Building Healthy Futures through Youth-Driven, Peer-Led Obesity Program

Child Saving Institute
Initiative: Childhood Health Matters

Council Bluffs Community School District
Initiative: Opening Minds to Healthy Living

Families in Action
Initiative: Families in Action

Girls Incorporated of Omaha
Initiative: Farm to Table

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Initiative: TeachKidsNutrition.org

Mills County Public Health Centers
Initiative: CATCH a Healthy Mills County Kid

OneWorld Community Health Centers
Initiative: South Omaha Shape Up

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)
Initiative: Cooking Matters

Whispering Roots, Incorporated
Initiative: Let’s Grow

2013 Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants

In 2013, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center teamed up with five community partners to reverse the dangerous trend of childhood obesity through the first-ever Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grants. Click the links below for videos that highlight our partners' life-changing work. Enjoy!

Council Bluffs Community School District
Initiative: Healthy Children, Healthy Learners

Familias En Accion
Initiative: Families in Action


Girls Incorporated of Omaha
Initiative: Farm to Table

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Initiative: Omaha Nutrition Education Collaborative (ONEC)

Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center
Initiative: Membership, FITNESSGRAM testing and “Weight, No More”