The Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative (HKI) is a community effort to reduce childhood obesity in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for all residents.
HKI recognizes that childhood obesity is caused not only by lack of exercise and healthy foods, but by a lack of access to healthy foods, safe routes for bicyclists and pedestrians, and out of school activities for youth. HKI is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Rosedale by
- increasing access to healthy foods (at the Rosedale Farmers Market and through the Rosedale community gardens)
- increasing knowledge about healthy cooking methods (through cooking demonstrations at the farmers market, kids cooking classes and community events)
- advocating for and developing health focused out of school programs for youth, such as Healthy Kids Club and Healthy Kids Camp
- teaching pedestrian safety to youth and families, through partnerships with other metropolitan organizations
- advocating for safe routes for pedestrians, including sidewalks and bicycle lanes
- engaging the faith community and broader Rosedale community in the Healthy Kids Initiative.
The Healthy Kids Initiative was formed in 2009 as a partnership between Rosedale Development Association, the Rosedale Ministerial Alliance, KC Healthy Kids and the University of Kansas Medical Center. We are funded in part through grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.