The VITAHLS initiative, was founded in 2011 and is led by the PRC and Griffin Hospital in partnership with 5 Naugatuck Valley school districts and several community partners. Its purpose is to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain a Valley-wide school-based childhood obesity prevention program to reduce the prevalence of obesity in students in grades Pre-K – 12.
Our school partners are the Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Naugatuck school districts, and Emmett O’Brien Regional Technical School. Our community partners include the Ansonia Charger Club, Ansonia Early Childhood Council, Derby Early Childhood Council, Massaro Community Farm, the Naugatuck Valley Health District, ShopRite Supermarket, and the Valley YMCA.
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- To reduce the prevalence of obesity and to promote the health, well-being, and academic readiness of students enrolled in the 5 Valley school districts.
- To develop a comprehensive and sustainable obesity prevention initiative that focuses on nutrition and physical activity for children in grade Pre-K through 12.
- To extend the health promotion efforts to include parents/family and school staff.
- To create an obesity prevention initiative designed to increase nutrition knowledge and healthy eating and increase physical activity within and outside of the school day.
- To create and support a health promoting environment within the school setting.
- To create programs/activities that can be easily incorporated into, and with minimal disruption, to the school day.
- To include policy, environmental/structural and educational components.
- To create programs/activities that are sustainable over time with little to no budget impact on schools, and /or Secure funding to support any program related costs.
- To include and encourage participation at all levels – students, parents, family, teachers, staff.To increase community awareness of obesity and health related risks.
- To communicate and promote effectively.
- To evaluate the impact of the VITAHLS initiative.
- To demonstrate improvement in the health of students by reducing the prevalence of obesity, and by reducing the average number of sick days per student.