The Leadership for Healthy Communities national program ended on February 15, 2015.

Leadership for Healthy Communities

Advancing Policies to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

Achieving Better Health through Policy Change

The childhood obesity epidemic has been decades in the making.
We’re seeing progress, but we still have a lot of work to do.

Cause & Effect: How policy decisions impact childhood obesity Watch the Video >

Let's Get Active

Increasing physical activity before, during, and after- school can help kids achieve a healthy weight.


of youth with access to open spaces are more likely to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.

Nutrition Nation

Let’s make the healthy choice the easy choice by improving access to affordable, nutritious foods and reducing the availability of sugary drinks.

A 32oz sports drink can have up to 56 grams of sugar.

Healthy Schools Are In Session

Ensuring students have nutritious school meals and snacks is critical for health and academic success.

“As a school superintendent, I believe it’s my job to help students understand why healthy eating now is an important strategy for success in the classroom and beyond.”
John Skretta, Norris School District, Firth, Neb.

Promoting Healthy Foods and Beverages

Let’s encourage food and beverage marketing practices that help kids and their families make healthy choices.

Health Disparities Are Real

Childhood obesity disproportionately impacts youths of color, rural communities, and low-income populations.

Fast Fact

African American youths are at higher risk for developing diabetes than their white peers.