"Clearly, no knowledge is more crucial than knowledge about health. Without it, no other life goal can be successfully achieved."
–The Carnegie Foundation
Our Healthy Children initiatives are designed to promote healthy behaviors in children today to better prepare them to become healthy and productive adults. Healthy Children initiatives address obesity prevention, increasing access to health care for children, community health education, literacy, fitness, and wellness programs.
Nashville Kids Triathlon
This fun event is for children ages 6 to 15 years and is open to all fitness levels. Click here to see information on the 2012 event and stay tuned for information on training programs and our next event in 2013.
The Veggie Project
Throughout the summer, the Veggie Project works to increase access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables in many Nashville neighborhoods. Veggie Project aims to connect local farmers and their produce with under-served communities throughout the Nashville area. With help from community partners, Veggie Project works with youth in these neighborhoods to provide nutrition education and healthy markets throughout the entire summer! Check out the latest schedule and help support your community.
School gardens are becoming more popular throughout the US. VCHIP is at the forefront of this movement with the CHAMP'S Gardens Initative. CHAMP'S Gardens aims to build healthy school environments by increasing the number of current school garden efforts from four to nine schools focusing on an elementary, middle and high school from the Glencliff, Overton, and Maplewood High School clusters in Metro Nasvhille Public Schools.
Visit Champ's Garden Blog for healthy recipes, garden hints, and more.
Coordinated School Health Pilot Project
Coordinated School Health is a proven best practice nationwide. The purpose of the Coordinated School Health Pilot Project is to help Coordinated School health function more effectively in an urban setting. The CSH Pilot Project is about developing and sustaining a culture of wellness throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). The project will be pilot tested in six MNPS schools including: Glencliff High School, Overton High School, Wright Middle School, Croft Middle School, Tusculum Elementary School, and Glencliff Elementary School.
Vanderbilt Online Guide to School Health
This online guide is a tool for parents, educators, caregivers, and medical professionals to remain up to date on today’s problems and solutions related to children’s health and wellness.
© 2013 Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt