I Am Here is now Champions for Health



KC Healthy Kids’ I Am Here program has a new name, a new program guide and updated learning standards for 2018.  

“‘Champions for Health’ reflects the growth of this program has seen since it began as a photo contest in 2013. The name was the natural fit because we’ve had so much success with the Champions for Health youth summit,” said program director Michelle Dake.

Learn more about Champions for Health

The new program guide includes all the lessons and handouts teachers of any subject need, we just made a few changes to make it even easier to use. The design updates make these turn-key lessons easy to download and printer friendly. The activities also accommodate tight schedules and keep kids moving the entire time!

Get the Program Guide

“It has never been easier for teachers to empower kids to speak out for healthy communities,” Dake said. “I’m so excited to be able to offer these updated resources with all the same hands-on support KC Healthy Kids has always provided for teachers and students,” she added.

The program guide contains simple, standards-aligned lesson plans and student materials that teachers of any subject can use. In these interactive lessons, upper elementary and middle school students serve as leaders to advocate for changes that make healthy eating and active living easier in their school or community. All of the activities are aligned with the new Missouri and Kansas learning standards as well as the National Health and Presidential Youth Fitness standards.

In Champions for Health, students explore three progressive stages:

  1. Healthy Habits
  2. Healthy Communities
  3. Speak Out for Healthy Kids

The activities culminate in creating a submission to the annual photo contest where classrooms can win up to $2,500 for a health and wellness project! The photo contest awards take place during KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit.



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