Happy Healthy Kids

healthy_kids_2(L – R) Michelle Cardel, Emma Isbell, Sarah Westbrook and Kathleen Westhealthy_kidsSarah Westbook demonstrates making ‘Butterfly Bites’, a healthy snack option.In fulfilling its mission of eliminating health disparities among racial, ethnic and underserved populations in Alabama, the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) designed the Healthy Happy Kids nutrition and physical activity program. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in minority and underserved children. The Healthy Happy Kids program consists of a Hands On 6 session curriculum targeting underserved elementary school children attending after school programs in inner city institutions across Alabama. This year, the classes are being taught at Huffman Academy by our UAB Dietetic Interns, Michelle Cardel, Emma Isbell, Kathleen West and Sarah Westbrook.

The mission of the Happy Healthy kids program is to stop the increase in prevalence and reduce the incidence of childhood obesity in Alabama by educating children and their parents, from underserved communities, to pursue healthy eating and active lifestyles.  The goal of this program is to eliminate racial/ethnic disparities by preventing and addressing the problem of childhood obesity among underserved communities in Alabama, through a nutrition and physical activity curriculum.