2014 Streets Alive! Draws 5,000 - 6,000 Visitors

 

2014 Streets Alive! a Resounding Success

We saw a perfect September day for our annual outdoor health, wellness, and fitness festival that welcomed thousands of participants to enjoy over 100 exhibitors and performers.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and our Board of Directors wish to thank our wonderful sponsors, exhibitors, performers, and planning committee for joining with us to bring Lincoln another great Streets Alive!  A special thanks to our many tireless and amazing volunteers – you’re the best.

Learn More about Streets Alive!

 

 

 

  • A multiyear collaboration between community non-profits and Lincoln Public Schools is lowering obesity and improving the physical fitness of Lincoln's school children! Read more.....

  • Sugar sweetened beverages are the number one source of excess calories leading to overweight and obesity. Learn more about what beverages you should choose…

  • PHL is offering Mini-Grant funds for variety of health and physical activity based projects and programs with the CLC setting. To learn more about the Mini-Grant request for proposals click here.

Why We Do What We Do

Obesity, Lifespan, and Costs. The obesity epidemic will likely cut the life expectancy of our children by an average of 5 years and threatens our economy with increased health care costs and lost productivity.

Obesity Rates in Children Skyrocketing. In the 1970’s around 5% of children were obese, in 2010, a reported 18.2% of children are obese.  

Joint Community Efforts Can Work to Decrease Obesity. Through the combined efforts of community organizations in Lincoln, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, and Lincoln Public Schools, we have decreased obesity, resulting in potential savings of $6.8 million in direct medical costs.  See the published reports.

Physical Fitness and Academic Acheivement. We are now on track to meet the CDC’s Healthy People 2020 goal for reductions in child obesity in Lincoln 6 years ahead of schedule! We have also seen similar improvements in physical fitness which may be more important for long-term health than weight itself, as well as showing strong correlations with improved academic achievement (see our published study in the Journal of Pediatrics).

Physical Education Combats Obesity. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, working with Lincoln Public Schools, has tracked the physical fitness of Lincoln public school children through a fitness test.  Working with the LPS Wellness program, we’ve seen measurable and meaningful results increasing the fitness levels of 4-8th grade students, each year since the wellness program was implemented.

Expanding the Success to all School Levels. The majority of progress is coming from our middle schools where they have PE class every other day. But in elementary school, where students have PE only once a week or less, there is no progress. Because of this, our next major focus will be finding ways to get school children more active during the school day by either modifying the curriculum, lengthening the school day to make more time for physical activity, or adding more physical activity in programs before and after the school day.