Childhood obesity has become one of the most important public health issues in the United States with more than 30 percent of children and adolescents classified as overweight or obese.
In an effort to combat this issue, The William Swanston Charitable Fund awarded $150,000 to the newly created Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition with Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley as the lead. This collaborative is a multi-faceted, evidence-based approach to childhood obesity that is expected to have a measurable impact on the health and well-being of local children.
The mission of the coalition is to create healthy lifestyles and thereby healthy futures for at-risk children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties by impacting nutrition and physical fitness through programs focusing on prevention, intervention and awareness with both clinical and behavioral outcomes.
According to recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health, the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity will require a coordinated effort between government leaders, families, communities, health care providers, local policy makers and schools.
The Mahoning Valley Health Kids Coalition includes representation from each of these key groups:
- Mahoning County Health Department
- Trumbull County Health Department
- Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
- Warren Trumbull county Public Library
- Junior League of Youngstown
- Mahoning and Trumbull County Schools
- Mahoning and Trumbull County Preschools
- Area wellness centers, including Davis Family and Youngstown YMCA and the Niles Wellness Center.
Read the Vindy.com story: Swanston Fund grant benefits Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition