Secondary Schools

58 Sites, 43,588 youth, 2,535 teachers

Ramping up nutrition and physical activity are especially important for middle and high school students – improving their attention and focus and reducing the risk of depression, anxiety and chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes.

HealthMPowers offers a comprehensive, multi-year approach that engages youth to build healthier behaviors and environments.

Results from our 2019-2020 Health Empowered secondary schools reveal:

Transforming Environments

  • School health teams implemented 57 new policies and processes to improve nutrition and physical activity
  • 62% of schools created a Student Health Advocate team to implement a plan for improving healthy eating or physical activity support
  • 1,080 Student Health Advocates were trained to promote improvements in healthy eating and physical activity in their schools
  • 15 schools received grants to improve physical activity and healthy eating

Empowering Healthy Habits

  • 68% had classroom physical activity at least five days per week
  • 62% reported playing on sports teams
  • 42% participated in before-school physical activity
  • 59% participated in after-school physical activity
  • Showed an increase in number of steps during the school day for the fourth year in a row

In three years, 37 schools made physical activity a priority and implemented Power Up for 30 at their middle school with the help of HealthMPowers.

Power Up for 30