• 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.....

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  • 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

An obesity epidemic has taken the country by storm, likely cutting the life expectancy of our children by an average of 5 years and threatening our economy with increased health care costs and lost productivity. In the 1970’s around 5% of children were obese. This has increased to a reported 18.2% in 2010. In Lincoln we have found that 17.2% of our children grades Kindergarten through 8th were obese during the 2010-2011 school year. In an effort to improve the health of the nation’s children, Healthy People 2020 has established a set of goals to reduce obesity prevalence nationwide. In Lincoln we have set a community-wide goal to decrease obesity to less than 15% by the year 2015, exceeding the national goal of 15.9% by the year 2020. We are excited to announce that we have shown another significant decline in the 2013-2014 school year to 15.8% obesity in Kindergarten through 8th grade students. This indicates that we are on track to meet our goal by the 2015-2016 school year.

Physical fitness has a strong correlation to long-term health and may be more important for health than weight itself. We have been working with Lincoln Public Schools to use fitness testing as a means to track the fitness of children in Lincoln. In the 2010-2011 school year, 68.4% of 4-8th grade students could pass the aerobic fitness test. Our goal, by the year 2015 is to have 85% of students passing this test. As of the 2013-2014 school year, we have improved this to 70.7%