Healthy Youth Champions
Working at the intersection of food justice and promoting healthy lifestyles.
The Healthy Youth Champions team is a summer employment program which empowers young people to become researchers, educators, and advocates. Teenagers participate in physical health initiatives in the areas of food production, nutrition, and exercise education to address obesity.
We know that almost one in five school-age youth (age 6-19 years) are obese. We also live in a neighborhood with high rates of health disparities. Teenagers learn how the social determinants of health and systemic racism contribute toward inequitable health outcomes for Black and Brown communities.
The Healthy Youth Champions work at urban farms and gardens, learn how to cook nutritious snacks and meals, assess community health resources, and educate their peers and children in healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise, self-care, and healthy eating. Peer-led health initiatives have transformative potential.