Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

The prevalence of obesity in children aged 6-11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008 in adolescents 12-19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%. Click here to learn more.

The HEAL® Mission

HEAL® is a nonprofit organization that is measurably reversing the growing epidemic of early childhood disease and obesity. HEAL promotes Healthy Eating Active Living® through aphysical education curriculum for elementary school-age children. Teachers, families and entire communiies have been won over to a healthier way of life because of HEAL.
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6-Month Pilot Results Show of children involved in the HEAL program:

  • 75% of all children improved fitness
  • 57% of overweight and obese children reduced their BMI (body mass index)
  • 100% of children reported improvements in healthful eating

HEAL® is Teacher Driven

HEAL® provides teacher training and support. Teachers are prepared to help children learn to enjoy exercise and develop healthy eating habits. Tearhces' lesson plans can be integrated into the HEAL® curriculum or can be replaced by the HEAL® curriculum.Click here to learn more.

Multiple Benefits

HEAL® helps children accumulate minutes of quality physical activity that helps them accrue multiple health benefits, improve self esteem and academic performance, and reduce stress and anxiety.
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HEAL® is for Everyone

HEAL® provides the opportunity for every child to succeed, no matter their current fitness level. Personal heart-rate monitors are used to ensure students move effectively at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. HEAL® serves every social and economic demographic in the state of Alabama and is suitable for children with special needs. HEAL® also helps provide a foundation for optimal sports performance.Click here to learn more.

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