The annual LAUSD Healthy Schools Campaign is a district-wide nutrition education program that serves 14,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in 700 schools. SOSMentor has partnered with LAUSD Beyond the Bell Branch and LAUSD School Nursing Services to bring high-impact, innovative education about nutrition and physical activity to students in the 2nd largest school district in the country.
After students complete the curriculum, they take home educational materials and teach their parents what they learned in the "Students Teaching Parents" component. The culmination of the Healthy Schools Campaign is the Healthy Messages Poster Contest, which engages students' creativity as they illustrate messages about healthy eating and active living. Students who make it to the final round of the poster contest are invited, along with their families, to a Poster Contest Awards Reception, where SOSMentor serves a healthy meal, announces the winners, and presents fun prizes to all the finalists!
700 Los Angeles Schools 14,000 Student Health Advocates
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Why the Healthy Schools Campaign? In the past 20 years, childhood obesity rates have more than tripled and a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that, unless current trends change, one in three adults will have type II diabetes by the year 2050.
Overweight and obese youth are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, joint and bone problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems. Obese children also underperform in school and cost our healthcare system hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Through the district-wide LAUSD healthy Schools Campaign, SOSMentor has an extraordinarily rare opportunity to raise awareness about our nation’s childhood obesity epidemic by engaging thousands of Los Angeles students and their families in the fight against obesity and related illnesses.