What is Project 18?

Indiana has a serious problem with overweight kids — and studies show that if kids don’t change their behavior when they’re young, they’ll most likely always have trouble with their weight. That means a lifetime of health risks.

That’s why I want to do something about childhood obesity right now — and why I’d like to introduce you to Project 18: a program created for you by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent in partnership with Marsh Supermarkets and Ball State University. We’ve developed a program to help kids and their parents set goals, eat smarter, and get active — and we’d love for your school to get involved.

Project 18 is an 18-week health and wellness curriculum designed to address the major risk behaviors in elementary school students in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and holistic (body, mind and spirit) health. The curriculum is standards-based, addressing the performance indicators for all eight Indiana Health and Wellness Standards.

  • Project 18 is school friendly. Project 18 can be used to supplement the required fifth-grade hygiene education. It’s also flexible enough to fit as part of existing health and wellness programs at your school. The 18 lessons can also stand alone as third- or fourth-grade health and wellness curriculum and meet all required content as outlined by the Indiana Statutes on health education for fourth grade.
  • Project 18 is student friendly. It gives students an opportunity to move around and interact with their classmates. Students get to practice their skills in fun, real-life situations.
  • Project 18 is family friendly. It allows parents and caregivers to get directly involved in their child’s education with weekly take-home activities that correlate directly to the lesson taught in class. There are also supplemental materials for parents and children to do together — found here on the Project 18 website.

I’d like to personally invite you to get involved with Project 18. Please take a moment to send us an email or call us at 338-KIDS (317-338-5437) if you’d like to use the program in your school. We’ll give you everything you need to help fight childhood obesity — and create a brighter, healthier future for kids across Indiana.


Peyton Manning

View More About Project 18:

Challenge Winners
Resources for Parents
Resources for Kids
Resources for Teachers

11 Responses to What is Project 18?

  1. Lora Coles says:

    I’d like more information on how to bring this program to the fifth graders in my school. Thanks!

  2. St.Vincent Editorial Staff says:

    Lora, We’d love to provide you more information. Just send us an email at project18@stvincent.org, and you can be assured someone will respond promptly. Thanks for your interest!

  3. Rainy Pickering says:

    Is wanting more information about this program and wants to be signed up.

  4. Dawn Potter says:

    I would like more information for my school in Fort Wayne Indiana…

  5. Marion Hoosier says:

    Can they do this at the schools in Anderson?

  6. Patricia Renn says:

    Please enroll my class/me for your program…already have some enrolled from Henryville Elementary. Thanks!

  7. Joni Lawler says:

    We would like to enroll our school for the 2011-12 school year. In addition, we would like to arrange for one of your staff members to speak with our students about nicotine/lungs/smoking. Thanks so much.

  8. Jaime Grooms says:

    I live in Milwaukee WI and I would Love to receive every piece of information on this Program I think it’s a Great Idea Thank you

  9. Sienna says:

    This website definitely has all the information and facts I needed concerning
    this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  10. Sarah Bauer says:

    Hi! I am a St. Vincent’s employee (RN in the Cardiovascular ICU) and want to get involved in Project 18! How do I start? Thank you! Sarah Bauer, RN, BSN, CCRN

Add Comment Register

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>