The Healthy lifestyles program provides an expansive outreach to at-risk school-aged children and teens throughout Flagstaff, Winslow, Holbrook and Williams communities. The program provides daily opportunities for youth across the 4 communities to engage in programs and activities that teach proper nutrition, engages them in healthy levels of physical activities & knowledge of substance prevention. The proposed program addresses the nutrition, physical activity and knowledge of substance abuse prevention needs of growing youth through implementation of extensively reviewed and field tested programs aim in reducing long term health issues. The Healthy Lifestyles program will be provided to identify at-risk youth throughout the state, increasing health, nutritional and prevention knowledge and increasing levels of physical activity among school aged youth, with a particular emphasis on Hispanic and Native American youth as well as youth from low-to-moderate income households. Our Healthy Lifestyles program has been extensively reviewed and deemed effective in its purpose to increase youth health and wellness by a third party evaluator. It has also shown positive outcomes in the Native American youth served, increasing daily physical activity and knowledge in regards to healthy nutrition.
There are many community partners that help shape this into the program it is today: Coconino County Health Department, Flagstaff Police Department, Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp, Unlocked Potential LLC, Capoeira Flagstaff, NAU Health Services, Terros Health, Coconino County Parks & Recreation, Whole Foods, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, NAU Athletics, Native Americans for Community Action and many more.
In our health programs children learn to make positive food choices, participate in and develop lifelong exercise routines, participate in organized athletic leagues, learn sportsmanship, and participate in disease prevention and health promotion activities.