Through the Healthy Futures initiative, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) has found a new, collaborative approach to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in our communities. With our local partners, we've launched an innovative, school-based childhood wellness program to improve fitness, nutrition, and preventive health.
Childhood obesity is a national health challenge. And in Philadelphia, 50 percent of children aged 6 to 12 are obese or overweight.¹ As overweight children grow to adulthood, they face higher risks of disease, including diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and even premature death.
Our Healthy Futures initiative is a $3 million, three-year, school-based program with a comprehensive approach to combating childhood obesity. Through this program, we work with key partners to teach children to Eat Right, Get Fit, and Stay Well, and lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habits in future generations.
Launched in 2013, the Healthy Futures initiative is now in more than 20 schools throughout southeastern Philadelphia. Participating schools were chosen based on a number of geographic, demographic, and physical factors as well as interest in hosting the program.
We are inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response to the program. See what others are saying about our Healthy Futures program.
¹ SEPA — Community Health Data Base — 2010 Household Health Survey.
Healthy Futures can help your family eat right, get fit, and stay well with these resources and tips.