Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. An initiative of Missouri Foundation for Health, HSHC brings together schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and residents to increase access to healthy food and physical activity where our kids live, learn, and play.
One of our participants said, “I have to be the example.” And she's right. Getting kids active and eating right begins at home. We know from research that Black communities face greater challenges with obesity. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Black women are overweight or obese (Citation: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health).
As part of the HSHC Initiative, Women Empowered to End Disparities in Obesity (WEDO) is bringing together moms and other female caregivers in the Ferguson-Florissant, Normandy, and Riverview Gardens school districts to create positive and healthy changes in their homes. This can then lead to changes throughout these North St. Louis County communities. We do this by providing moms with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to make healthier choices for their families. In addition, moms are engaged to help shape ideas for safe and healthy places for kids to play as well as develop nutrition, fitness, and community workshops.
Change is starting to happen, but it’s going to take more of us working together to ensure a healthier future for our kids.
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Be a part of the movement! Contact Kelly McGowan, WEDO Wellness Coordinator at (314) 521-1822 to find out how you can get involved.