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.
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