Champions for Health Youth Summit

March is our favorite month, because that’s when we bring teachers and students from across the metro together for our Champions for Health Youth Summit!

At this all-day conference, 200 students who entered the Champions for Health Photo Contest will spend the day learning to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms and gardens and more.

Volunteer at the Summit

March 10, 2019
Kauffman Foundation Center
4801 Rockhill, KCMO 64105

Breakout Sessions 

All About that Breath
Take a deep breath, feel your chest expand – now exhale! That’s your body’s respiratory system in action! In this session kids will learn about the respiratory system featuring our amazing lungs. We’ll explore the anatomy of lungs, their function and some dos and don’ts to keep your lungs healthy. Kids will learn to focus on their breathing and find out how it feels to have difficulty breathing when lungs become ill or damaged. Presented by American Lung Association.

Inner Knowledge is Power
Inner knowledge, or mindfulness, is a powerful tool that helps students enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. In this session, students will practice a series of yoga and mindfulness exercises. Presented by the Inner Knowledge program.

Food Safety Fun
Do you know how to keep your food safe as it goes from the farm to your plate? Join KC Healthy Kids’ Farm to School Academy in practicing food safety through a special Glo-Germ activity! Kids will also learn how to wash different types of local produce. 

Principal for a Day? Move Your Way!
Join us for this interactive session where you get to be principal for a day! It will be your job to decide how to get students moving more throughout the day. What would you and your friends like to do to be active at school? How could it work in the school day?  Brainstorm your ideas for how you would create times, places and fun ways of being physically active during the school day. Presented by Children’s Mercy.

Pitch Contest
Who will take home the grand prize? Honorable mention classrooms will help make the call! They’ll serve as judges for grade level winners giving short “Shark Tank”-style pitches describing what they would do if they won the $2,500 grand prize.



Lunch & Listen

Elected and appointed officials from the kids’ own communities join them for lunch to hear about the project they’re pitching to make their school or community a healthier place.

Awards Ceremony

Winners will receive $1,000 and honorable mention recipients will receive $100 for health and wellness projects at their school. Winners will compete for an additional $1,500 in a Shark-Tank style pitch contest judged by honorable mention recipients in the audience.