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Partnering with schools to improve community health
Students who are physically active and eat healthy receive higher grades.1 This makes schools an excellent opportunity and a focal point for communities to come together to encourage positive change. And getting children started on a healthy path now can last a lifetime — studies show that employees with good nutrition habits are 25% more likely to perform better on the job.2 So when children and their families lead healthier lives, it improves the health of your business, too.
As part of our longstanding commitment to support our children and communities, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with leading national organizations to improve the health of students, staff, and teachers in the neighborhoods where you live and work. Because that helps build a better,healthier future for us all.
Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools: Creating a culture of health in K-12 schools
Schools are in a unique position to promote lifelong healthy habits — not just in children, but in staff and teachers as well. Because when teachers and other school employees live healthier lives, they set a great example for their students to follow. That’s why good school health has always been a priority for us.
Schools are an important environment for supporting the health improvement of our members and communities. With epidemic levels of obesity in America leading to chronic conditions, it is clear that we must act now to improve the environments in which we live, work, learn, and play.
– Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, senior vice president,
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy
Joining Michelle Obama to launch Let’s Move! Active Schools
On February 28, 2013, Kaiser Permanente helped First Lady Michelle Obama kick off Let’s Move! Active Schools. More than 6,000 children, teachers, and athletes such as Serena Williams participated in the event, which included games and contests during “America’s Largest Recess”.
Let’s Move! Active Schools is an unprecedented collaboration that provides simple steps and tools to encourage at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during, and after school. Schools can request grants, get technical assistance and training, download tools, and read success stories at letsmoveschools.org.
- 1“Physical Inactivity and Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors and Academic Achievement,” 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 2 Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH, et al., “Self-Rated Job Performance and Absenteeism According to Employee Engagement, Health Behaviors, and Physical Health,” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 2013.
- 3 William J. Hussar and Tabitha M. Bailey, “Projections of Education Statistics to 2021,” National Center for Education Statistics, January 2013; Andrew J. Coulson, “America Has Too Many Teachers,” Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2012.
Services covered under your health plan are provided and/or arranged by Kaiser Permanente health plans: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., in Northern and Southern California and Hawaii • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-364-7000 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 2101 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, 500 NE Multnomah St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc., 320 Westlake Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98109 • Self-insured plans are administered by Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
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