Action for Healthy Kids, Inc.

Every kid healthy, active, and ready to learn.

Chicago, IL   |


We are a national nonprofit that brings together dedicated volunteers and partners to make schools healthier places where kids thrive.

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Rob Bisceglie

Main address

600 W. Van Buren Blvd. Suite 720

Chicago, IL 60607 USA

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Public Health Program (E70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are facing a child health crisis. It is wreaking havoc on our schools and the physical and mental health of our kids, especially in underserved communities. From depression to obesity to bullying to substance misuse to suicidality, our nation’s children are experiencing challenges to their health and well-being that our country has never witnessed. Kids in these underserved communities are experiencing a health crisis: 1) Limited access to healthy foods: 1 in 8 kids faced food insecurity in 2021. 2) Lack of safe playgrounds and open spaces: 75% of kids ages 6 to 17 don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. 3) Unstable environments leading to emotional trauma: nearly 20% of young people ages 3-17 have a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder. These physical and mental health challenges put this generation of children at great risk to live shorter, less fulfilling lives than their parents – which would be a first in American history.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids’ (AFHK) signature health program, Game On supports America’s schools in creating healthier environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve. This no-cost, online guide provides information and resources needed to launch a successful school wellness program, offering more than 80 “Eat Better” and “Move More” activities that can be customized and implemented by any school, at any grade level, anywhere in the country.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children benefitting from AFHK resources and support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

During the 2022-2023 school year, AFHK partnered with 11 school districts to reach 807,575 students across 7 states.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Action for Healthy Kids mobilizes family-school partnerships to prepare kids to be healthy in body and mind. We help kids thrive by bringing families and schools together to ensure students have access to safe places to play and be active, nutritious foods, and healthy, supportive experiences. We address the challenges school districts face by:
- Partnering to support the whole child.
- Improving policies and implementing best practices.
- Building the capacity of parents, caregivers, and educations.

The overarching goal of our work is to end the child health crisis by ensuring that each child has access to the three foundations of lifelong health: (1) sound and appropriate nutrition; (2) safe, healthy, and stimulating physical environments; and (3) nurturing relationships with adults. Together with our school and family partners, we do so through three programmatic interventions, developed over the past 20 years:  
> NourishEd (Food Access and Nutrition Education): Builds capacity of schools to serve as nutrition hubs to increase the demand for healthy food among students and families and provide high-quality nutrition education.
> EnergizEd (Physical Activity and Active Play): Builds capacity of schools and families to improve physical activity during the school day to ensure children achieve the recommended 60 minutes.
> ConnectEd (Social-Emotional Health and Risk Behavior Prevention): Builds capacity of schools and families to help students develop interpersonal, coping, resiliency, and decision-making skills.  

With our tested process we are building a movement to ensure all kids eat healthier, increase activity, build stronger relationships, apply coping skills and make responsible decisions. Our approach includes the following elements:
- Establish school district partnerships to support implementation;
- Assess policies and practices to identify strengths and challenges;
- Create proven action plans shown to improve child health;
- Provide training and coaching to implement action plans & best practices;
- Engage families through local Family Connectors to facilitate family-school partnerships;
- Ensure sustainability by enhancing policy, systems, and capacity of partners.

Communities have unique expertise and knowledge for challenges specific to their district. Through these community partners we gain insights to develop best practices to scale across the nation. Our national network of local partners creates a community of support to connect, share and learn from across the country.

Action for Healthy Kids has finalized its strategic planning process and has identified three key strategies to work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals #2,3,4 to ensure that: every child is nourished; has the opportunity to safely explore and pursue play; and is socially, developmentally and academically on track to enter high school.

1) Optimal Nutrition on the Ground

To activate nutrition hubs in schools across the United States through a dual capacity model that integrates the role of schools and families.
>Distribute grant funds through AFHK’s school grants program to support nutrition hub work implementation through the implementation of federal child nutrition programs.
>Provide holistic nutrition education to children and families through workshops, activating the AFHK parent ambassador network.
>Educate families and students on the benefits of school meals through AFHK’s parent ambassador program and on ways to ensure their schools are able to take advantage of federal meals programs.

2) Digital Optimal Nutrition Toolkit

Create a Whole Child Nutrition Hub activism kit to promote the importance of healthy eating and the mind and body connection for both kids and families, to help parents make the case for breakfast and other feeding programs at their child’s school, provide a step-by-step guide for how to bring healthy programs to life at schools, and to support healthy eating at home. Opportunity to translate and activate the kit globally. AFHK will create a co-branded digital toolkit and companion campaign to support and promote the importance of good nutrition and the mind-body connection for children and families. The Whole Child Nutrition Hub will serve as a toolkit for schools and parents alike to learn how to create nutrition hubs at school and improve nutrition and food experiences for children at home.

3) Engage through meaningful partnerships to sustain results

Implementing our programs through our Family-School Partnership Model, we partner with districts, schools, and families to improve wellness policies, implement best practices, and build the capacity of parents, caregivers, and educators. As a result of these sustainable partnerships, educators and caregivers develop their capacity to sustain and build on successes to ensure the work continues beyond this partnership term.

AFHK will leverage new and existing partnerships to coordinate support to address gaps in services and to avoid the duplication of efforts. Partners include: AFHK National School District Wellness Coalition, National Health Schools Coalition, previously funded AFHK partner schools, previous AFHK school grant applicants who did not receive awards due to lack of key stakeholder support, local state Departments of Education and Agriculture, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Common Threads, Food Corps, Share Our Strength, School Nutrition Association, and the National Dairy Council.

Founded in 2002 by Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, Action for Healthy Kids is a national nonprofit committed to the belief that healthy kids create a better world. Twenty years ago, AFHK began partnering with schools and families to plan and implement improved school breakfast, physical activity, and nutrition education programs. Over the last fifteen years, AFHK has expanded its school health interventions to include social-emotional learning and focus on whole child health. We have developed our Family-School Partnership model to ensure that children are supported in and out of school.

In 2022, AFHK merged with RMC Health, a leader in educational professional learning and capacity building. Together we support students, families, and educators in under-resourced communities to improve wellness policies, implement best practices, and build family-school partnerships that improve kids’ health in a way that is deeper, more scalable, and more sustainable.

In addition to our recent merger and our standing as a strong partner across the healthy schools landscape, the USDA has selected AFHK/RMC Health to provide healthy food and nutrition education to students across the country. Through this Healthy Meals Incentives cooperative agreement, we will facilitate $30 million in sub-grants to 200+ small/rural school districts to help them provide nutritious foods to students and families.

This unique position provides AFHK an unparalleled opportunity to reach hundreds of communities.

Through our unique approach and in-depth programs that address the health of the whole child, we’ve reached millions of children in thousands of schools. Our key accomplishments:
> 20 million children have benefited from our activities.
> 50 million breakfasts provided to kids through breakfast grants.
> 150,000 champions in our grassroots network including parents, caregivers, educators and community members.
> 1 billion physical activity minutes added to the school day because of our programs in partner schools.
> 100% of partner schools reported students improved at least one core social-emotional skill as a result of our programs.

The impact of our work (from our 2021-2022 School Year Report):

1) Top accomplishments districts achieved via partnership grant experience with AFHK:
- Improved knowledge and understanding of district policy related to social emotional health, nutrition, and/or physical activity.
- Started/expanded school best practices related to social emotional health, nutrition, and/or physical activity.
- Started/expanded a nutrition education program.
- Improved knowledge of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
- 100% of schools started or expanded at least one federal meal program during the 21–22 school year.
- The most common federal meal program schools started or expanded was the National School Lunch Program.

2) Top 4 results experiences by school staff in implementing their nutrition initiative:
- Increased student awareness of the benefits of healthy eating.
- Increased student enthusiasm and willingness to eat healthy foods.
- Increased student healthy eating behaviors.
- Increased student participation in school nutrition initiatives.

3) Top activities districts used to engage families to engage families in school nutrition services and education:
- School nutrition services information is communicated to parents/caregivers throughout the district in their primary language.
- Family engagement in the district’s nutrition services department is supported in a culturally responsive way.
- The connection between nutrition and social emotional health is shared with families.

During the 2023-24 school year, we will continue to support our cohort of district partners, to meet the goals set within our Family-School Partnership Model and will expand to support additional key markets by providing additional support and employee engagement opportunities in communities where we are partnering with school districts to implement the USDA-AFHK Healthy Meals Incentives cooperative agreement. We believe this unique partnership will elevate the communities’ commitment to healthy living while leveraging AFHK's network, expertise, and credibility.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


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Action for Healthy Kids, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay McHale

David Satcher

Morehouse School of Medicine

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/14/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/14/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.