Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF) aims to prevent childhood obesity by supporting health promoting environments where young children live (home), learn (preschool) and play (community).
HKHF partners with Boston Head Start & Children’s Services (ABCD Head Start) and the City of Boston’s Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) to provide programming, education and training in childcare, home and community settings. HKHF began as a pilot initiative in 2009, with the aim of preventing childhood obesity among young children living in the neighborhoods of Fenway, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Lower Roxbury in Boston. The project is currently managed at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University and began as a collaboration under the University’s Stonybrook Initiative.
Five core principles driving the work of HKHF include equity, collaboration, participation, student engagement and community engagement. Strategies used to achieve HKHF’s goals center on achieving both individual level behavior and larger environmental change; these strategies include building meaningful relationships, assessing organizational policies and practices and transforming physical spaces in community environments.
The website for HKHF is at http://www.northeastern.edu/healthykids/
The Healthy Kids Healthy Futures program receives funding on a yearly basis through institutional commitments to the program by Northeastern University and by Children’s Hospital Boston.