A Look Forward at 20
In 2020, HealthMPowers will celebrate its 20th anniversary. A lot has changed since our inception, and yet, much has remained the same.
We have grown from an elementary school program providing three lessons in eight schools to an organization serving child care centers, K-12 schools, out of school time providers and communities reaching 800 sites. What has remained constant throughout is our commitment to improving the lives of Georgia’s children and creating healthy environments that reinforce and support both health and learning.
And our work is making a difference and I am so proud to share our accomplishments with you in this report. To highlight a few successes…
In early care education, we are working with other statewide partners to provide nutrition, physical activity training and support to childcare centers in high-need areas. This essential early learning program promotes healthy growth and language development in children that is critical in the first five years of life when key health behaviors are rooted and 90% of all brain development happens. With initial support from the Georgia Department of Public Health and Nemours Children’s Health System, we plan to train child care centers throughout the state and ultimately create virtual trainings that can be used nationally.
In the second year of a $2.5M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are partnering with Emory University in a landmark study that examines the link between physical activity and academic achievement among elementary-aged children. As part of this study, we are using Health Empowers You!, a physical activity program that provides the tools, strategies, and online support teachers need to initiate and track physical activity with students throughout the school day. We are hopeful that the results will help influence physical activity in schools at the state and national level.
To do work of this scale and to improve the health of children in Georgia requires focus, commitment and funding support. We are so grateful to many of you – our founding sponsors, funders, supporters and participants for your unwavering support. At this pivotal point in our 20-year history, we ask you to join us – both in celebrating our progress and expanding our efforts.
Please join us in continuing this good work.
When children get what they need to thrive today, we invest in our shared economic prosperity tomorrow.