Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

HKHF Goals & Program Components

Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF) had three overarching goals:

  1. To improve the capacity of early childcare providers to prevent childhood overweight and obesity among preschool children and their families.
  2. To increase opportunities for caregivers of young children to build skills that support informed and healthful food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced recreational screen time.
  3. To expand opportunities for young children to be physically active with their families in safe, accessible and age-appropriate settings.

HKHF achieved its goals by organizing efforts across two main programmatic components.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion in Home and Childcare

Community-Based Physical Activity Promotion for Young Children and Families

HKHF engaged Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Inc. Head Start staff and parents/ caregivers through training, education, and capacity-building efforts.

Programming in this area has included:

HKHF partnered with the City of Boston’s Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) to provide opportunities for family physical activity through the creation of the Family Gym program (previously known as the Saturday Open Gym program).

  • Family Gym is a weekly, 90-minute play program held on Saturday mornings, and is the only such program for Boston families with young children that is free and continues throughout the year.
  • Family Gym is staffed by Northeastern University students and provides opportunities for student service-learning, civic engagement, and leadership development.
  • The primary goals of Family Gym are to create an environment that encourages young children ages 3-8 and their families to be active together and to promote open, non-fee based recreational use of Boston’s community centers