The Wellbeing Partners works directly with schools in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties to provide our “Activate Youth” package to address and improve upon school wellness goals and practices. We use the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!®, Safe Routes to School, and Partners for Health Schools programs, as well as community resources, to address these goals. Through grants from CHI Health and Maternal and Child Health Title V, we provide funds and support to make lasting changes towards a more health-minded school environment.
The Wellbeing Partners also works with community organizations—like after school programs, care centers, and others—to incorporate 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® into their youth and family curriculum and promote the countdown.
5-4-3-2-1 Go!® was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and uses evidence-based recommendations to promote healthy habits for children age 3 and above.
The Wellbeing Partners supports many area schools and youth-serving organizations in their use of the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® program
Nearly half of all students walked or biked to school in 1969. Today, only 14% of Omaha students actively commute. Safe Routes to School is part of our effort to engage with schools and the community in order to promote healthy families.
Safe Routes to School is an evidence-based national program that encourages active transportation to and from school via these complementary strategies – equity, engagement, encouragement, education, engineering, and evaluation. The benefits of Safe Routes to school includes: increased physical activity, improved traffic safety, better air quality, enhanced personal safety, long-term cost savings, and greater community cohesion.
The Wellbeing Partners works with schools within Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties to assess barriers and assets to active transportation in the neighborhood that surrounds the school. The Wellbeing Partners uses a community based approach and works together with parents, students, staff and faculty, community members, and city officials to address identified barriers to active transportation.
Our Partners for Healthy Schools program provides support for schools as they complete a portion of the School Health Index (SHI), created by the CDC. Our team works with schools to analyze the results of the SHI and create goals to work towards improving health and wellness needs for the school.
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To support this work, we bring together service professionals quarterly to share resources, data, and opportunities around school wellness.