Overweight and obesity are of epidemic proportions in children. Pediatricians are reporting that they are seeing more children with diabetes and high blood pressure. With the Centers for Disease Control estimating that one in every three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes, the leading cause of kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) provides two health education and health behavior change programs for middle school students. Click to find out more information on each.
Healthy Kids and Kidneys (HKK) is an 8-week evidence-based health education and disease prevention program, offered to fifth-seventh grade students in elementary/middle schools within Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Inkster.
Kids and Kidneys (KIDS) takes place in elementary classrooms and is designed to be delivered in one class period. A KIDS lesson consists of a video that explains the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, MyPlate.gov for Kids recommendations, and worksheets that students use to evaluate their own food consumption.