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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Health, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The mission of HealthMPowers is to promote healthy behaviors and environments by empowering students, staff and families to improve health and academic achievement .

Geographic areas served: Entire state of Georgia

Programs: A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, healthmpowers was founded in 1999 to address growing concern over the health of our youth. With a mission to "promote healthy behaviors and environments by empowering students, school staff and families to improve health and academic achievement," the organization has established a 13-year track record of improving student health knowledge, behavior, physical activity, bmi and school policies--all without taking away valuable class time. Healthmpowers is nationally recognized as an evidence-based program by usda's snap-ed, using the guidelines established by the center for disease control and prevention (cdc) as the foundation of our multi-year program. In addition to the multi-year program, healthmpowers launched a childcare program in 2014, and is the training partner for the georgia department of education, georgia department of public health, and georgia shape. The organization continues to work collaboratively with other national and state organizations including centers for disease control and prevention, shape america, alliance for a healthier generation, presidential youth fitness program, action for healthy kids, georgia shape, and children's healthcare of atlanta. During the 2014-15 fiscal year, healthmpowers served a total of 442 schools, 3,099 teachers, and 265,806 students through the multi-year elementary school program, the child care pilot program, "power up for 30" trainings in partnership with the georgia departments of education and public health, and georgia shape grantee trainings. Independently audited financial information from the fiscal year showed that 93% of expenses were directly related to program services. The multi-year healthmpowers program is a school-wide intervention that includes trainings, direct services and resource materials to empower schools with the tools they need to sustain positive health and environmental outcomes on their own upon completion of the program. The program is structured to provide maximum resources and benefits to underserved populations. In the 2014-15 school year, the multi-year program served 45,161 students and 2,196 staff in 80 snap-ed sponsored schools. The average free and reduced lunch rate was 84%, indicating that a large portion of the population is underserved. The value and impact of this work extends beyond the services healthmpowers provides. During 2015-15, healthmpowers' team members provided approximately 2,762 hours of direct nutrition and physical activity, while approximately 45,753 additional hours of nutrition and physical activity instruction were provided by respective participating school staff using the resources, lessons and training provided by healthmpowers. Results from both the additional instruction and increased physical activity include an 87% improvement in student nutrition and physical activity behaviors; a 69% improvement in student's pacer fitness test which measures aerobic fitness; and a 78% of students maintaining or improving bmi percentiles. The childcare pilot served 6 centers, 48 teachers, 441 students, and 55 family members. Each pilot center completed the growing fit: nutrition and physical activity assessment at the start of the year and at the end of the year to examine center policies and practices. By the end of the first year, all childcare centers improved, on average, eight different polices or practices. In less than one year, most centers were able to improve their programs in nutrition education, caregiver and family nutrition training, and the eating environment. Due to these positive results, the program will continue and expand in 2015-16 school year. Since 2013, healthmpowers has served as the training partner for power up for 30, reaching over 500 schools. Power up for 30 is a statewide initiative supported by the georgia departments of public health and education to increase physical activity during the school day in georgia. Elementary schools are provided a one-day, eight-hour professional development workshop, technical support, physical activity resources and recognition opportunities. Outcomes demonstrated that schools participating in the power up for 30 initiative made statistically significant improvements in providing students with more pa time, resulting in improved cardiovascular health outcomes. Compared with schools that did not participate in the initiative, power up for 30 schools saw increases in before and after-school student physical activity programs, days of recess, classroom physical activity time, and more students achieving the "healthy fitness zone" for aerobic capacity.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So often schools are focused on test scores and making AYP, but the students at our school are concerned about decisions that will affect them the rest of their lives. Our students are led by a group of health-conscious leaders who promote healthy behaviors on a daily basis. Our students are quick to point out unhealthy habits and look for ways to incorporate moving into our daily lives. Students encourage one another and adults to take the longer route when walking, wash hands often, drink lots of water, and eat fruits and vegetables. The students at UPE are excited about making healthy choices that will benefit them from now on!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HMP for the ten years of existence. I am very proud that there is a program in Georgia that is attacking these health issues. The environment a child is living plays such a big part of how changes can be made. HMP addresses these influences and engages parents, school staff and children together. Being a “Baby Boomer” we were encouraged to play outside and spent very little “sofa time”. HMP is making great strides is getting today’s children of Georgia to return to healthier eating and exercise routine as a normal day to day existence. Childhood obesity has become a very serious medical problem nationwide that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These were once issues that only affected adults yet now we have to deal with them on a child’s level . We are a fatter society than ever existed. We do have a health crisis on our hands and HMP is addressing the affect today’s environment is having on our youth. There is no other program like it in Georgia. It is unmatched and needs to be spread nationwide.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthMPowers is a wonderful organization that has survived and flourished despite a continual need for funds to support their mission of helping establishing healthy eating habits and exercise programs for children in the middle and elementary school environment. It has taken real dedication from the staff to make this happen and they continually upgrade their programs to achieve more positive results. It's hard to believe how far this organization has progressed in the past few years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HealthMPowers’ mission is to promote healthy behaviors and environments by empowering students, school staff, and families to improve health and academic achievement. We saw this in action as the HealthMPowers team brought the 'Body Walk' to Montgomery Elementary School. There was so much excitement surrounding this exhibit, that included stations about different parts of the human body (brain, mouth, heart, etc.), that we were able to recruit over 50 parent volunteers to help set it up, take it down, and teach our children about their bodies and healthy behaviors. It was a wonderful way to incorporate parents into their children's school learning environment, and to also educate and empower them as well. All of the parents loved being involved, and we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from them, and also from the students and teachers and staff. Our children were able to learn about the power of choice and in a fun way. In addition to the exhibit, we were also provided with materials that we could use in the classroom and at home to review and continue teaching our children about healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy living. We really enjoyed and appreciated the whole Body Walk experience and know that our entire school community benefitted from it. We also look forward to the monthly HealthMPowers’ newsletters, which we send home to families each month. The Kid2Kid Newsletter is a health newsletter written by kids for kids, filled with fun articles about eating healthy, exercising, and being a good role model. We encourage our children to submit material to HealthMPowers for the newsletter and hope to see one of our students in there someday! Thanks so much HealthMPowers! Keep doing what you are doing to help improve the health of our children and families in Georgia!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthMPowers is working to ensure Georgia's children at healthy. While other give great lipservice to this idea this groups is on the ground making measurable impact. They are the type of organization need to help our children stay healthy and competitive in the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to HealthMPowers through my principal. I was excited to hear there was an organization out there willing to help me in my teaching field in helping students on not just physical fitness but more importantly on nutrition. I see so MANY over-weight elementary students and it scares me what they will look like in ten years. I truly believe the statement that this will be the first generation that will not out live their parents!! The HMP staff are the most passionate excited group I ever worked with. I get such a rush when we have one of our meetings that I just wnat to go back to my school and save the world, LOL!!!! They really are great in providing all the information that I need to promote this healthy way of living lifestyle. They hold NOTHING back. They definitely deserve National Recognition!!! Thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of this awesome organization. Coach, Donna Peavy, Pulaski County Elementary School. Hawkinsville, Ga.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HealthMPowers, formerly Kids' Health, came to our elementary school in 2003 and guided us in the development of our School Health Council whose goal was to improve the mind, body and spirit of our students and staff through healthy nutrition and exercise habits. The work of local community members, school staff, PTA representatives, and couty-level leaders assisted us in the improvement of our school lunch program, the implementation of health risk appraisals for staff and students, before and after-school exercise clubs for students as well as th ehiring of a full time health educator. Over the years our involvement with HealthMPowers positively impacted the culture of our school; this fine organization held a summer leadership camp for our students which resulted in student-lead health programs during the school year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HealthMPowers is an asset to our students, faculty, and parents. The program is designed to teach nutritional and fitness values to all of the individuals in our students lives. The staff at HealthMPowers is exceptional. They go out of their way to develop resources that are performance standard based for our classroom teachers to use and implement with our students. They have also assisted our school this year with implementing fitness testing with our 5th grade students and tracking their progress. The students love the Organ Wise Guys who are cartoon characters that help teach our students about the organs of the body, their function, and what we should do to help them work effectively. Our students, staff, and parents love the information and how helpful it is for us all to increase our physical well being.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The committment and success of HealthMPowers associates should be recognized. They have completed 10 years with great success with their programming in schools throughout Georgia. Their associates and board members remain committed and actions clearly demonstrate their mission: "HealthMPowers promotes healthy behaviors and environments by empowering students, school staff and families to improve health and academic achievement"

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the nutrition educator for my school system -Dalton Public Schools. We have completed the first of three years with HealthMPowers. The staff support that HealthMPowers offers to the classroom and other teachers is awesome. The assemblies that are performed at each school are full of great information for the children. The assemblies are high energy and motivational for the students. HealthMPowers is committed to their mission of educating young people regarding their health. I applaude their efforts and look forward to two more years with them as we move forward to year two.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member for four years.At each Board meeting, I am continally amazed at the enthusiasm and dedication of the HealthMPowers executive team as well as the health educators. They all inspire me want to spread the gospel of a healthy lifestyle. They serve as great role models for the thousands of students, teachers and parents with whom they interact.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wilcox Elementary was introduced to HealthMPowers by a local banker. Our school just finished the first year of the three year program. The HealthMPowers program is wonderful! Georgia's obesity rate is very high and this program teaches nutrition and exercise to elementary children, as well as adults. The children love the program. The program also offers health risk assesments for the faculty. This program should be in every school. The program is fun for the children. The staff at HelthMPowers has been very helpful and refuse to allow you to fail.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to HealthMPowers while teaching 5th grade at Hapeville Elementary School in Fulton County, GA. As I recall, it was their first year in our school. I was immediately blown away by the concept of encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in elementary age students. The impact on our students (and faculty) was amazing! I was so impressed with HealthMPowers that when I became an Assistant Principal the following year it was one of the first new programs that I urged my principal to implement. I am glad to say that we just finished our first year with HealthMPowers and our faculty, staff and students loved it! Not only has it had a positive impact on health/fitness in our building, it has also positively influenced the 'culture' of our school! Also, you will never meet a friendlier and more committed group of people than the staff at HealthMPowers. It is refreshing to see this group turn their passion for health/healthy lifestyle choices into such a power tool for schools across the state of Georgia. I, for one, consider our school blessed to have such a wonderful organization counted amongst our "partners" in education!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure of working with HealthMPowers for nearly four years. During that time, I’ve seen the entire staff demonstrate an incredible commitment to the organization’s mission of promoting healthy behaviors and environments by empowering students, school staff, and families to improve health and academic achievement. This mission is of critical importance – especially considering Georgia ranks 3rd in the nation for childhood obesity. By partnering with schools, HealthMPowers meets students where they spend the majority of their time – in the classroom. The positive influence HealthMPowers has on the school environment has been seen in all the schools it serves. The organization has proven results, quantifiable statistics and vast anecdotal evidence. From cafeteria staff placing fruit before desserts in the lunch line and school administration working to change the food provided in the vending machine, to students opting to sell water instead of candy and engaging in a student advocate council, HealthMPowers is making a powerful difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Health M Powers for 3 years now. I worked as an Assistant Principal in a school with Health M Powers and then I became a Principal and Health M Powers is a part of our program. I am also a Board Member. I just can't get enough of Health M Powers. In every different role, I have seen the value of and have been a strong suppporter of the work that Health M Powers does. Not only is Health M Powers changing lives but it is saving lives and I'm proud to be a part of it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a PE teacher for 19years and this has been the best years of my life for enthusiasium, training and enrichment. The Health M Powerment program trained me to be a change agent to our staff, faculty and our educational community. We now have a morning jump rope program that not only conditions our childrens' mind and body, but we give information about being healthy and strong. (We also, give them prizes).The newsletter is terrific in involving and exposing our students' artwork and participation efforts at another level. Our gardens are now used more effectively with our nutrition dept.and we have a healthy snack stand at our school, where the parents love it.The CDs and videos or too helpful. We have incentives for our staff and students for innovative games and contests,i.e.Catch A Teacher Being Healthy, Jump Rope Athon, Naming the most fruit/veg. contests, Morning announcement trivia, ...)HMP provided ideas, incentives and opportunities for development and growth in the areas of fitness and nutrition. We have started a new aerobics class and walking club on Mondays and Fridays. Our Thursday, after-school, Martial Arts class is excited when we share brochures, pencils, contest sheets and treats with them about health and nutrition. Each classroom has resources or access to many resources in the library , including videos, books, dolls, paraphernalia,...to enrich and supplement the classroom program. We are monitored and guided through computer access and training. Our Wellness Team is stronger and meeting regularly on vital information concerning the welfare of the school.The physical and health school atmosphere at Parkside is enthusiastic,knowledgeable, active, stonger, wiser and ready for the next year as we continue this wonderful partnership.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with HealthMPowers for the past 2 years. The partnership that Kennedy Elementary has with HealthMPowers has been instrumental in creating an atmosphere of students and adults making healthy lifestyle decisions. HealthMPowers does all the work to provide easy to present health lessons that are aligned with the GPS and can be integrated throughout ALL subject areas. HealthMPowers does an excellent job of coming to the schools to model lessons, do assemblies, and make connections with teachers and parents. One of the best exoeriences that Kennedy has had with HealthMPowers was the Body Walk. HealthMPowers set our gym up like the human body and everyone of my students took a trip through the body. The stations were set up in a manner that everyone of my volunteers could easily engage the students in that part of the lesson. It was an amazing experience for my students.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthMPowers is one of very few organizations in the nation with a proven program for promoting healthy behaviors in children. HealthMPowers provides exercise DVDs to engage students in physical activity, has been conducting testing that prospectively will be required by the state, assists in the development of nutrition educational programs for school cafeterias, develops and implement curricula, and conducts various other health-education activities throughout the state. As leading health authorities have said, all of the advances of modern medicine will be undone due to the ramifications from child obesity and overall unhealthy choices made by our children. HealthMPowers is on the front lines in reducing the potential negative effects by teaching children that healthy habits are important. HealthMPowers even goes one step further and seeks to encourage families to take a proactive approach in dealing with health issues. The statistical data collected clearly shows that HealthMPowers is succeeding in its goals. And, as even the First Lady Michelle Obama has recognized this is a crucial issue facing our nation today. Because of the issue's great importance and HealthMPowers' approach in leading children and families to healthier lifestyles a task not directly undertaken by many nonprofits in the nation, I believe that HealthMPowers is truly one of the Great Health NonProfits