50 ways to reduce childhood obesity in central Indiana

Posted on September 7, 2017 at 8:09 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Four in ten kids in central Indiana are at an unhealthy weight. That's nearly a quarter million kids, or enough to fill Lucas Oil Stadium three times. 

Because of their weight, these kids are at significantly higher risk for life threatening conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

How did we get here?

The causes of the obesity epidemic are numerous and complex. Food has become highly processed, calorie dense, and “super-sized.” Many families lack access to affordable, healthy food. Children have fewer opportunities to play and be active, as recess and physical education classes have been reduced or cut entirely in schools. Too many kids spend too much time sitting in front of computer screens, tablets, or smart phones. Many of them live in neighborhoods that lack safe places to play.

As a result, simply promoting public awareness and “personal responsibility” will not solve this crisis. There are no simple or one-size-fits-all solutions. 

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New healthy workplace guides support your employee wellness program

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Do you have a healthy workplace? Are you working to make your workplace—and your employees—healthier? We can help.

New Guides Available

We are excited to release a robust series of guides to help central Indiana employers create healthy workplaces that encourage smart nutrition and physical activity choices.

Visit the new Healthy Workplaces section of our website for an array of tools including: 

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National recognition for innovation and achievement

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 10:25 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part four in a series of four

 

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

 In Part One of this Year in Review series we described what we did in 2016 to increase the number of healthy choices that family members have in their workplaces, schools, child care settings, and personal homes. In Part Two we described the launch of our first community demonstration project in Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside, a nationally recognized effort to employ numerous strategies across multiple sectors to increase health in a concentrated geographic region. In Part Three we looked closely at our efforts in 2016 to affect the broader community impacting central Indiana families.  

This post highlights our growing reputation as a nationally recognized best practice initiative addressing childhood obesity as a complex public health issue.

Recognition and Awards

The National Academy of Sciences (formerly IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions recognized Jump IN as a best practice model, featuring Jump IN CEO Ron Gifford in a panel presentation in Washington, D.C., on the topic “The Role of Business in Multisector Obesity Solutions.” (April 2016)

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Healthy Community: increasing public awareness and engagement to decrease child obesity

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 10:40 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part three in a series of four

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

In Part One of this Year in Review series we described what we did in 2016 to increase the number of healthy choices that family members have in their workplaces, schools, child care settings, and personal homes. In Part Two we described the launch of our first community demonstration project in Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside, a nationally recognized effort to employ numerous strategies across multiple sectors to increase health in a concentrated geographic region.

In this post we look at our 2016 efforts to engage and educate the larger community for the benefit of central Indiana families.

Healthy Community

Beyond their schools, child care centers, workplaces, homes, and neighborhoods, children and families are also members of a larger community whose values, norms, and policies shape the broader environment in which these families live. For that reason, Jump IN works to influence that environment by encouraging educational conversations on healthy habits, urging the adoption of targeted public policies that promote healthy living, and fostering an overall culture of good health in the community.

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Healthy Neighborhoods: addressing systemic issues that contribute to childhood obesity

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 12:31 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part two in a series of four

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

In Part One of this Year In Review series, we described how we’re creating “Healthy Places” by improving the policies and practices at schools, child care centers, and worksites to promote better nutrition and physical activity. In this second segment, we look at our efforts to create "Healthy Neighborhoods" where families live, work, and play.

Healthy Neighborhoods

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person’s zip code is more likely to determine their health status than their genetic code. A neighborhood’s “social determinants of health” – factors such as income, educational attainment, access to health care and other resources – directly impact the health status of the residents there.

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Healthy Places: embedding healthy nutrition and physical activity policies in everyday settings

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part one in a series of four

The new year brings the opportunity to pause and reflect on 2016 and our progress in reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. In this series of four Year in Review stories, we summarize some of our most significant accomplishments to date.

Healthy Places

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors.Much of Jump IN’s work is grounded in this fact:

Changing the environment is the best way to change behaviors.

Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve. Here’s how we helped schools, child care centers, worksites, and family homes embed healthy nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in 2016:

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Exploring the Role of the Business Community in Improving Health

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 10:17 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

How can employers—who bear about half of the health care costs in the U.S.—improve physical activity among individuals?

Jump IN for Healthy Kids CEO Ron Gifford joins Jim Huffman, Senior Vice President of Global Benefits at Bank of America Corporation, and Ron Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with moderator Janet Marchibroda, Director of Health Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, for a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on Friday, December 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Explore employer strategies that promote physical activity within their organizations and communities. Hear about key findings from a physical activity challenge conducted by BPC’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation.

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Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside selected as one of 50 communities nationwide to compete in Healthiest Cities Challenge

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GREATER LAWRENCE/FAR EASTSIDE – The Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside community – comprised of the City of Lawrence and southern Lawrence Township – has been selected as one of 50 communities across the country to compete in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge for a chance at a $250,000 grand prize.

The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, will award a total of $1.5 million to small and mid-sized cities, counties, and federally-recognized tribes that are able to show measurable change in their communities by implementing health innovations and data-driven solutions during the two-year challenge. Hundreds of entities applied to be a part of the Challenge.

Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside proposed a Healthy Families Healthy Children initiative in partnership with Jump IN for Healthy Kids as its health challenge. The initiative will work to reduce childhood obesity in the greater Lawrence community by creating healthy environments where families can make healthy choices to improve their children’s health.

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Small changes, significant impact

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Child care providers revamp food and activity policies while helping find sustainable, scalable model

Across central Indiana, child care providers of all shapes and sizes are making changes to improve the health of the children they serve. Some have dramatically changed their menus, adding whole grains, eliminating processed foods, and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables. Some have stopped using candy and sweets as rewards for desired behavior. Many have eliminated sugary beverages like lemonade and fruit juice. A few have started gardens and engage children in caring for the plants, picking and prepping the produce, and eating the fruits and vegetables.

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5-2-1-0, a unified countdown to healthy living

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 9:27 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

If you’ve already Made the Leap and taken the Jump IN Pledge, or if you’ve snooped around in our resource hub, you’ve probably run across materials promoting our 5-2-1-0 daily goal:

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