Inspiring Action - A Leader’s Guide to helping kids lead the charge for a healthy community

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Get The Word Out — Everyone in your community will benefit from eating healthier foods, paying attention to their portions, and being more physically active.
Just the Facts

Share the importance of healthy living and ways that everyone can help get your community healthy and active!

  1. Watch The Weight of the Nation: The Rethinkers at iom.edu/weightofthenation. Make a list of new things your group has learned, as well as any questions they have.
  2. Separate into four groups and ask each group to visit one of the following websites to answer these questions (each group should have an adult helper to answer questions): How did obesity become a problem? What can we do to improve our own health?
  3. Ask each group to create posters or poetry to show what they have learned about healthy living and obesity prevention.
  4. Post your creations in a school lobby, cafeteria, or gym, and contact your local newspaper, community center, or town government office to share your group’s work!
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Mapping Your Community’s Health
Mapping Your Community’s Health
Many things influence the health of a community—
from the availability of healthy foods to the amount of open space for playing and exercising. Help your community understand its health ranking and develop a plan to inspire action!
Meet the Rethinkers
Meet the Rethinkers
In the film, The Great Cafeteria Takeover, a group of determined New Orleans school students, dubbed the Rethinkers, challenges the quality of school meals to help get healthier, fresh foods into their schools.

See this free film at iom.edu/weightofthenation
Want more inspired ideas?
ACTION IDEAS

Mapping Your Community’s Health*

Many things influence the health of a community—from the availability of healthy foods to the amount of open space for playing and exercising. Help your community understand its health ranking and develop a plan to inspire action!

  1. Visit www.countyhealthrankings.org and look up your county. How does your community rank compared with others in your state?
  2. Take a walk around your neighborhood and look carefully. What are people eating? Are people being physically active? Is healthy food being advertised? Are there safe places to stay? How safe is it to bike or walk to school?
  3. Discuss what you’ve learned and brainstorm ways that you can show your community things that you could do to improve your county’s health ranking. Consider making a mural or poster for a local community center or city hall, speaking at a PTO meeting, or writing letters to the local paper. Then put your plan into action!

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ACTION IDEAS

More Inspired Ideas

Here are a few more moving ideas to consider:

  • Create healthy treats for a local block party or PTO/PTA meeting. Share the recipes and obesity-awareness brochures.*
  • Develop a series of healthy lifestyle ads that can be displayed at a community center.*
  • Plan a family education night at a local school, where kids put on skits or make up songs about healthy food choices and activities.**
  • Share your ideas with your PTA or town council about healthy fund-raising, creating a community wellness council, building a “safe routes to school” program, or encouraging healthy foods at local celebrations. Visit choosemyplate.gov for facts and resources.**
  • Create a School Health Council to help implement your healthy living plans.***

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