More than a half million people in our six-county region go to schools to work, learn and play, and are there for at least 30-40 hours a week. With this large, captive audience, schools are a great place to set a standard for good health.
Kids are more active when they have clean, safe parks and playgrounds nearby. In Johnson, Wyandotte and Jackson counties, more than 50% of people live within a half mile of a park. Those parks must be clean, safe and attractive. If families can walk to them, that’s even better.
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In a healthy food system, families don’t have to look very far to find affordable, locally grown food. They find it community gardens and at farmers markets in their neighborhoods. They find it at grocery stores, restaurants and even hospital and company cafeterias.