Active Living KC (ALKC) is an initiative of the City of Kansas City, Missouri that encourages healthy lifestyles by putting regular physical activity back into our daily routines and encouraging healthy eating. Funding for this project was provided in part by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
The initiative has been focusing on three areas: Policy, Safe Routes to School, and Nutrition.
In 2011 ALKC completed an active living and healthy eating review of the City’s development code. ALKC also conducted a review of Hickman Mills School District’s wellness policy and presented recommendations to the School Board.
Additionally ALKC has completed:
- Two health impact assessments to examine the effects of new policies, programs or projects on healthy eating and active living
- A healthy development checklist
- A community asset map and needs assessment for Hickman Mills
ALKC partnered with the Hickman Mills School District to launch a Safe Routes to School Program. This program, Safer Routes KC, aims to make walking and biking to school a safe and healthy choice. Safer Routes KC provides the following programming to their pilot schools:
- Walking School Buses
- Safer Routes Workshops
- International Walk to School Day
- Safety Street education for K-3rd graders
- Passport to Health incentives program for 4th and 5th graders
During the 2010-2011 school year, ALKC taught nutrition to students enrolled in LINC’s after school program. In 2011-2012, ALKC partnered with Harvesters to provide nutrition education for adults through Project STRENGTH. Project STRENGTH is an 8-week program that focuses on making healthy, affordable meals for the family.