Keeping Kids Healthy

Time for Some Veggies

Kids can be vegetable's toughest audience, but we know that when they aren't getting the nutrition they need, their vital mind and body development can fall behind. 80% of kids aren't getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Most kids are spending more than seven hours a day in front of a screen. This is the first generation not expected to live longer than their parents.

Together, we can reverse this trend.

In 2011, The Y made a commitment to educate kids about healthy lifestyles, model healthy behaviors and cultivate environments that make healthy choices the easy choices by adopting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards into our programs. HEPA teaches children how to make healthy food choices and to enjoy physical activity, contributing to their social and physical development.

The Y has a responsibility to the families and communities that we serve to address health concerns among children. Our HEPA standards are implemented in Kids University, Before and After School Child Care, and Early Learning programs.

HEPA Standards will build a healthier future for our nation’s children by creating environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity.