Investing in Kentucky’s Future
An initiative aimed at reducing the risk that today's school-aged children will develop chronic diseases as they grow into adults.
The Foundation is providing funding, training and technical assistance to support community health coalitions in seven communities working across sectors to improve children’s health.
Through the Investing in Kentucky’s Future initiative, communities have enacted policies, systems change and strategies to support active living, healthy eating and resilience in children, to address the health issues of childhood obesity and adverse childhood experiences.
Breathitt County: The Breathitt County Health Planning Council for Children has implemented best practice physical activity and nutrition programs in the schools, installed fitness equipment in a local park and filtered drinking fountains in schools, established the Breathitt Youth Health Council, engaged the community in physical activity and nutrition programs, such as health fairs, 5k runs, physical activity campaigns, and school peer social marketing campaigns. They have signed shared use agreements between the school, higher education and the Parks and Recreation Department and increased their youth sports league activities. Learn more about BCHPCC on Facebook.
Clinton County: The Clinton County Healthy Hometown Coalition has invested strongly in changing the built environment in the community with playgrounds, walking paths in schools, multi-purpose fields, and fitness equipment in the local park. Schools have signed shared use agreements and best practice physical activity and nutrition programs in the schools are underway, including school gardens, a Bus Stop Café summer healthy feeding program, free healthy snack and breakfast carts for school children. The Coalition is also working to increase community participation in physical and nutrition activities, such as a farmer’s market, 5k runs and health fairs. Learn more about CCHHC on Facebook.
Grant County: Fitness for Life Around Grant County – Grant is the first county in Kentucky to have approved a complete streets policy. The coalition has installed two playgrounds and created five walking trails in schools, built sidewalks to schools, installed active work stations and standing desks for students, and is working with schools to revise wellness policies to improve nutrition and physical activity. Learn more about FFLAG on Facebook.
Louisville Metro (Jefferson County): The Bounce Coalition is providing training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resiliency to school staff and out-of-school activity providers, with strong involvement from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). The resiliency project is being implemented in five pilot schools. Bounce has increased public awareness around ACEs, leading to policy changes. Bounce has partnered with Louisville Metro Government, JCPS and other organizations to provide a youth certification program. Bounce led the establishment of the Building Resilience in our Community’s Kids (BRICK)network in Louisville to foster collaboration among stakeholders in many different fields, to coordinate trauma-informed interventions. This work is evolving as a state model for addressing ACEs.
McLean County: The Partnership for a Healthy McLean County Coalition has also worked on changes to the built environment, installing new playground and fitness equipment at the local park and a walking track at McLean County Middle School. Training on SPARK physical activity curriculum and the acquisition of new gym equipment is taking place in the schools, along with school health assessments and health fairs.
McCracken County: The Purchase District Area Connections for Health Coalition has developed a Health Park in Paducah which includes a playground, walking trail, fitness equipment and community gardens. The coalition also trained school and parks and rec staff on the CATCH physical activity and nutrition program, and implementation of the program began in the Paducah school system.
Perry County: The Perry County Wellness Coalition began implementation of their Kids on the Move! (KOTM) initiative. The coalition has developed school and community gardens, farm-to-school programs, a Carrot Cash program to incentivize better nutrition, standing desk and filtered water fountains in schools. It is working towards involving youth in developing additional projects to improve nutrition and increase physical activities in schools and the community.