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We're happy to announce the recipients of six $1,000 first place awards for our I AM HERE youth photo contest designed to empower students to speak out for healthy communities!


KC Healthy Kids is pleased to announce Sarah Shipley has joined the organization as communications director.


The survey bolsters KC Healthy Kids' efforts to reduce the burden of food sales taxes in Kansas. At 6.15%, the tax is second highest in the nation.


As Kansans shop for their holiday meals, a high state food tax means they will pay more for food than residents in bordering states. To help families pay less and eat healthier, KC Healthy Kids is leading the charge to alleviate the burden of food sales taxes in Kansas in 2015. At 6.15%, the tax is second highest in the nation. Plus, county and city governments can levy additional taxes, bringing the total as high as 9% in some areas.




Join KC Healthy Kids and their partners from the Kansas Rural Center, Kansas Action for Children and the American Heart Association for this free webinar! Creating Change: Influencing Elected Officials in Kansas


As the new youth advocacy educator for KC Healthy Kids, Michelle Dake's job is to provide you with the resources and support you need to empower your students to speak out for healthy schools and communities. 


As a partner in our Healthy Kids Initiative, Indian Mound is working to make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school every day.  


Food Day and National Farm to School month are great reasons to celebrate and help kids eat more fresh fruits and veggies.


Calling all students! Did you know you have a powerful voice when it comes to speaking out for healthier schools? Here are some things to look for.


Make this festive and nutritious snack for National Trail Mix Day and snap a photo for I am Here!


Our communications intern, Rebekah Baughman, bravely explored a farmers market for the first time and lived to tell about it. Here's her story and some tips for your first (or fifteenth!) visit to a farmers market.


Vote NO on Amendment 1. “Right to Farm” is wrong for Missouri Farmers & Consumers; A Constitutional Amendment to Protect Factory Farms. On Tuesday, voters will have an opportunity to protect our local and regional food systems while maintaining the state's ability to keep big corporate and foreign agriculture companies in line. The so-called “Right to Farm” is a proposed amendment (Constitutional Amendment No. 1) to the Missouri Constitution that will appear on the August 5th, 2014 primary election ballot.


USDA based the new school meal standards on independent, expert recommendations from the Institute of Medicine to ensure kids are being fed healthy food while they are at school.


Now you can donate to KC Healthy Kids when you order your favorite products online! We are happy to announce we have signed on with Amazon Smile, where a percentage of your purchase will go toward KC Healthy Kids. To celebrate, members of our staff have shared some of their favorite things.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.


A new series of guides helps communities enhance and support the growth and vitality of farmers markets throughout Kansas. KC Healthy Kids provided guidance in the development of the series, which was created by the Public Health Law Center and funded by the Kansas Health Foundation.



Local food advocates came together to celebrate changes in our regional food system at the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition Luncheon. City officials and local leaders shared news of improvements being made on both sides of the state line!






KC Healthy Kids has received a Healthy Lifestyles grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to foster youth advocacy and to increase healthy eating and active living opportunities, particularly in under-resourced communities.


The Greater Kansas City Food Coalition held its spring luncheon themed Healthy Food for All: Stories of Improving Access on May 22. More than 75 stakeholders in our local food systems celebrated these policy achievements.


Want cleaner parks and safer streets? Here are some things you can do to promote more ways for people to be active throughout the day.


Teachers are encouraged to work with their students to think critically about their communities' features, such as walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants. Without a healthy environment, children and adults alike are more likely to suffer from obesity or the many chronic diseases affecting the United States.


After two years of fundraising and with a generous matching grant from the Sunflower Foundation, Bentwood Elementary families celebrated their new quarter-mile walking trail last week during an annual "Lapathon." Hundreds of students hit the trail and collectively walked or ran 2,219 laps, for a total of 554.75 miles!



KC Healthy Kids is seeking a seasoned media strategist and policy advocacy professional to serve as the Advocacy Communications Director. This individual will be responsible for taking the organization to its next level of advocacy success through strategic communications and messaging. This position bears primary responsibility for leading communications outreach, setting communication goals and objectives, providing strategic direction on communication issues, and framing and effectively delivering messages around the organization’s policy and programmatic priorities.


Hickman Mill's CODE students welcomed a very special guest to their "Raising Healthy Families" event on Tuesday night. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton traveled from the nation's capital to visit with families and enjoy the festivities.


Want better access to locally grown food? Sometimes speaking out means voting with your dollars. Here are some ways you can use your money and your message to help your community create more opportunities for healthy eating.


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