Jump Right UP

          

 

It’s true:   Rising levels of childhood obesity and the prevalence for overweight in children is a growing crisis that must be addressed. Jump IN for Healthy Kids is dedicated to improving children’s health and wellness in central Indiana. Childhood overweight and obesity is a growing problem and has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. If strong measures are not taken to reduce it, central Indiana is on track to have a 53% childhood overweight and obesity rate by 2025. Jump IN for Healthy Kids is doing something about it. Jump IN’s work is grounded in this fact: changing the environment is the best way to change behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

Schools are a key part of Jump IN’s work. Children spend a great deal of their time in school, and the nutrition and physical activity they access in their school buildings can greatly influence their health. Also, new federal guidelines require school districts to develop school wellness policies and report on their implementation. Schools often feel that they lack the knowledge, expertise and/or human resources needed to effectively enact these policies. Jump IN’s research indicates that schools that receive some level of technical assistance appear to have more success in implementing their wellness policies than those schools who lack that assistance. Thanks to the Indianapolis Colts, Jump IN has a dedicated specialist who works directly with schools to customize plans that are right for each school. Jump IN has expertise, tools, and resources that can help schools, staff, students, and maybe even test scores.  

With the support of the Colts, Jump IN has created Jump Right UP, a new partnership to improve the health of kids in four Indianapolis school districts: Indianapolis Public Schools, Lawrence, Pike, and Warren townships. Goals of the partnership include: establishing best practices around physical activity and nutrition, such as 30 minutes of physical activity every day; implementing a healthy celebration and vending policy; and engaging with the school community to establish a culture of health and wellness. 

Jump Right UP will assist 35 schools in implement wellness policies and programs, impacting 23,000 students and helping schools to meet their health and wellness goals.  Schools that mean their wellness goals will compete for rewards that include visits from Blue or Colts Cheerleaders.

 

         

Jump Right UP Schools Include:

IPS

Lawrence

Pike

Warren

Fredrick Douglass (Super School) Elementary 19

Brook Park Elementary

Central Elementary

Brookview Elementary

James A. Garfield Elementary 31

Crestview Elementary

College Park Elementary

Eastridge Elementary

James Whitcomb Riley Elementary 43

Harrison Hill Elementary

Eagle Creek Elementary

Grassy Creek Elementary

Daniel Webster Elementary 46

Skiles Test Elementary

Eastbrook Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary

William Penn ES Elementary 49

Sunnyside Elementary

New Augusta South Elementary

Liberty Park Elementary

Raymond F. Brandes Elementary 65

Belzer Middle

Snacks Crossing Elementary

Lowell Elementary

George W. Carver Elementary 87

Fall Creek Valley Middle

Lincoln Middle

Lakeside Elementary

George Buck Elementary Elementary 94

 

New Augusta North Middle

Pleasant Run Elementary

Meredith Nicholson Elementary 96

 

Pike High School

Sunny Heights Elementary

Lew Wallace Elementary 107

 

 

 

 

Jump IN has many resources for you to get started on your school wellness work.  To begin, download our free Healthy Students Guide:  

 

We also have a Parent Wellness Toolkit and a Sample Wellness Policy for free download to get your school wellness work up and running.

For further information or to find additional support for your school please reach out to:
Haley Loechel
Community Project Specialist

Haley.Loechel@jumpinhealth.org
Follow along on social media for Jump Right UP school’s progress! #JumpRightUP