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.



Please join the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition as we ACT NOW to protect our local food from The Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a massive free trade agreement being considered by twelve Pacific nations, including the US. It is similar in scope to NAFTA, and like NAFTA, the TPP would have a huge impact on food in the US and abroad.


At William Chrisman High School, students reroute produce from the waste stream to the food system.


Department of Ag would designate staff to create a statewide farm to school program.


Traditional jambalaya gets a makeover


KC Healthy Kids testifies in support of pilot 


Vending machines compete with school lunches, but they don't have to compete with healthy eating.


Make healthy choices part of your school's parties.


The Kansas City Star's Lynn Horsley filed this story about the opening of a brand new Aldi store in Ivanhoe. And here's the report Kirby Burkholder, co-chair of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition's Grocery Access Task Force mentions in the article: Stimulating Supermarket Development in Bi-State Kansas City.


I AM HERE is more than a contest, it provides a context for conversations and actions that can begin to shape communities into places that offer plenty of opportunities for healthy eating and active living. Here are 5 things you you can do today.


It starts in your heart. You get fired up about an organization or issue and you want to do something to make a difference. Not sure what to do next? Here are seven surefire strategies that other advocates recommend. 


Hickman Mill’s CODE Program students learn how Greg Garbos gets big results from tiny plants.


Whether you like 'em spicy or sweet, gooey or basically bare, there's a sweet potato recipe for you on our Pinterest board! These golden beauties are a perfectly simple way to keep your Eat Local for the Holidays pledge. They are plentiful and affordable this time of year – not to mention a favorite tradion. Still need to take the pledge? Go to


KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Greater Kansas City's children, has announced the recipients of six $1,000 first place awards for I AM HERE, the nonprofit's first-ever youth photo contest designed to empower students to speak out for healthy communities. 


In 2009, the Rosedale Development Association's Healthy Kids Initiative and the Rainbow Mennonite CDF Freedom School created a carnival that offered something kids in their Kansas City, Kansas neighborhood don't always have access to: healthy food and opportunities for safe, fun physical activity.


KC Healthy Kids has welcomed six area districts into its new Farm to School Academy. Funded by a grant from the USDA and the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the program will help increase the amount of local food purchased for school meals while educating school administrators, staff, students and families on the benefits of a healthy local food system.


UPDATE: Deadline Extended to October 4! KC Healthy Kids launches their first-ever youth photo contest designed to teach students to speak out for healthy communities. Dubbed I AM HERE, the contest is open to third- through eighth- grade classrooms in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri.  


What's a fantastic way to describe a healthy lifestyle? Fit-Tastic, of course! The Healthy Lifestyle Initiative has launched 12345 Fit-Tastic!, the messaging campaign created to accelerate progress toward community-wide healthy weight and healthy lifestyles through collaborative approaches. Individuals and organizations can pledge to adapt 5 healthy habits for a healthier future.


The Johnson County Park and Recreation District has kicked off the SCORE! Campaign, which highlights a healthy concessions initiative that offers smart snacks. 


Kansas City, Kan. (Tuesday, July 9) - KC Healthy Kids is one of five organizations selected to participate in the Kansas Health Foundation's Statewide Partnership for a Healthier Kansas initiative.

Through a $450,000 three-year grant, KC Healthy Kids plans to engage a statewide coalition to promote policies that improve access to healthy food, especially in low-income urban and rural communities.



Each Wednesday morning, an average of 20 students, plus teachers and parents, make their way to Frank Rushton via the Walking School Bus. They gather at designated stops, walk together safely and arrive at school ready to learn.


Ivanhoe's Farmer's Market closed for the season on Sept. 28, but that hasn't stopped one resident from making her produce available for fellow neighbors of this grocery store-challenged Kansas City, Mo. neighborhood.


Emily Miller has joined KC Healthy Kids as the organization's Policy and Advocacy Associate it was announced by President Gretchen Kunkel.

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