In a press con­fer­ence this morning, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will join North­eastern pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun, Boston Red Sox pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Lucchino and Dr. James Man­dell, CEO of Children’s Hos­pital Boston, to announce the launch of Healthy Kids-​​Healthy Futures, a community-​​based early child­hood pilot ini­tia­tive aimed at pre­venting child­hood obesity.

As part of Northeastern’s Stony Brook Ini­tia­tive, Healthy Kids-​​Healthy Futures was cre­ated in part­ner­ship with the uni­ver­sity, the Boston Red Sox, Children’s Hos­pital and Action for Boston Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment (ABCD). The project’s goal is to engage early child-​​care providers and care­givers to pro­mote healthy eating and increased phys­ical activity among preschool age chil­dren and is working with ABCD Head Start providers in the Fenway, Mis­sion Hill, South End and Lower Rox­bury com­mu­ni­ties of Boston.

Named after an ancient waterway that con­nects the neigh­bor­hoods sur­rounding North­eastern, the Stony Brook Ini­tia­tive is a unique and evolving part­ner­ship among North­eastern and its neigh­bors aimed at cre­ating solu­tions to meet soci­etal needs. The Healthy Kids-​​Healthy Futures part­ner­ship is an excel­lent example of the initiative’s mul­ti­fac­eted approach of col­lab­o­ra­tion, inno­va­tion and devel­op­ment of mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial partnerships.