Many cultures, one purpose: changing families, changing communities. Muchas culturas un proposito: haciendo la diferencia en las familias, haciendo la diferencia en las comunidades
FIA is delighted to share that Families in Action via Interfaith Health Service received a grant again this year (2017-2018) to address Childhood Obesity with our partner, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
According to the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, co-sponsored by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, childhood obesity ranked as the number one concern of parents in the greater Omaha Metropolitan area. Childhood obesity is a health crisis on the national level, as well, affecting 17 percent of children and teens in the United States. Obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is committed to preventing childhood obesity through proactive programs focused on education. Children’s dedication stems from its mission—“so that all children may have a better chance to live”—and its responsiveness to the health concerns of Heartland families. Children’s is uniquely positioned in the area to be an effective leader for change on this critical issue. By providing leadership and support to the community, Children’s hope to achieve the vision of eliminating childhood obesity.
FIA is deeply grateful for the support of the Children’s Learning Collaborative, Dr. Corinne Hanson and Dr. Barb Braden for their assistance in this endeavor, and the commitment and dedication of Children’s in working with our organization, participants and community to address childhood obesity. Without their efforts, FIA’s work and the differences demonstrated in the lives of our children (and their parents), would not be possible.