Kids and their grandparents speak out for speed bumps, healthy lunches and more

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Grandparents and grandchildren learned how to practice healthy habits in their own lives and create healthy communities in an advocacy workshop we created just for them. As many as three generations in a family worked together to set family health goals, investigate how neighborhoods can promote or hinder health, and write to city leaders about barriers to health they have seen in their own community.

Here’s what the families spoke out for:

  • healthier school lunch options
  • Meatless Monday in the cafeteria
  • bike lanes and speed bumps to make walking or biking to school safer
  • more public trash bins to reduce litter
  • community gardens for better access to affordable fruits and vegetables

With support from GPS=Grandparents Support Groups and the UMCK Consortium for Aging in Community, Grandparents were able to network and connect with free support resources provided by GPS, and the kids got a personal tour of UMKC’s campus but current students.

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With our I Am Here youth advocacy program, kids learn how to speak out for healthy changes in their communities. They can set personal health goals, investigate how neighborhoods can promote or discourage healthy habits, write to city leaders about barriers to health they have seen in their own communities and, as a group, develop an action plan to make lasting change in their neighborhoods. KC Healthy Kids’ staff provides technical support and connects groups with additional resources to help make their ideas come to life.

Want to book a workshop for your youth leadership group, scout troop, faith-based group or community center? Contact Michelle Dake

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