Many Arkansans struggle with being overweight or obese, and for many, their weight-related issues began early on in life. The Healthy & Active Youth program helps Arkansas adolescents develop healthy habits at a young age and avoid the range of physical, emotional and mental issues that arise from being an unhealthy weight. The program teaches youth age 11-17 about fitness, a nutritious diet and general healthy practices. It has grown from a 10-week summer program only to now include three sessions throughout the year. Each participant receives individual guidance from a health management professional, and the group often takes educational, fun trips to a variety of locations such as the grocery store, local gyms, Pinnacle Mountain and the trampoline park.
The Healthy & Active Youth program sets young Arkansans up to lead healthy lives as adults – at no cost to the participants or their families. Donate to support this important program and create a healthier future for Arkansas.
"It was pretty fast paced—both education and physical work. We learned about nutrition, and how to prepare foods that are healthier and still taste good. I was really proud that I was able to run a 5K race, and I came in third place! I didn’t think I could do that before. "
"My favorite part of the program was getting to meet and work with new people and not being lazy all summer. My goal wasn't to lose weight. I just wanted to be healthier. My family got on board as well. They said if I was going to do this then they wouldn't let me do it alone."
- Faith Milliken