The kids teaching kids program at Medical City Children’s Hospital is one of five programs across the country to receive the American Hospital Association NOVA Award for its efforts to improve community health. Hospital leadership will grab the award at a summit in San Diego later this month.
Kids teaching kids was created in 2010 to improve children’s eating habits by encouraging them to choose healthier snacks.
A 21-day challenge associated with the program has reached 275,000 elementary-aged students and their parents with nutritional resources. Through a “Kids Fit Menu,” North Texas children have ordered 300,000 healthy menu items at 11 different restaurants.
“Through the Medical City Children’s Hospital kids teaching kids program, we empower our community with the knowledge and means to make daily healthy eating and lifestyle choices,” Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas, said in a statement. “Our program goal is to help fight the epidemic of childhood obesity and focus on the health and wellbeing of children.”