Jump IN for Healthy Kids
A collective strategy to reduce childhood obesity in Central Indiana
Obesity is a serious health threat for too many of our children. Because the challenge is so complex, no individual, program or organization can single-handedly tackle this issue. But working together, with a shared vision, common goals and measurable outcomes, a community of diverse stakeholders can make a difference. That’s what’s happening in Central Indiana.
Jump IN for Healthy Kids is leading this effort: a community-wide initiative of civic, academic and business groups working together to reduce childhood obesity in Central Indiana. Jump IN will be the catalyst for evidence-based best practices that will measurably improve our children's health.
Underscoring the Need
Recent data support Jump IN leaders’ urgent call to action. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in 2012, approximately one in three children and teens were overweight or obese. Other measures documented by the CDC and other sources underscore the need for action:
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Minority and low-income children are disproportionately affected.
- 60-65 percent of obese children will grow up to become obese adults.
- Medicaid data show that annual health care costs for an obese child average $6730, nearly three times the average cost for all children. Indiana spends $1.6 billion per year in overall obesity-related medical costs – and the figure is rising.
- Nationwide, estimates of obesity-related costs for decreased productivity top $225 billion per year.
Next: Collective Action
Funded initially by its founding corporate, foundation and non-profit partners, Jump IN focuses its efforts on school-based initiatives, employer wellness, public education and awareness, training of health professionals, shared policy agendas and integrated, community-based health pilots. Working through multiple task forces aligned with these focus areas, Jump IN engages a broad and diverse array of community groups to promote data-driven strategies to achieve its goals.
A key part of our mission is to advocate for the public policy positions that support the work we’re doing. We hope you will take the opportunity to consider these issues and we look forward to working with you to help guide more Hoosiers on the path to self-sufficiency. View Agenda »
United Way has collaborated with Central Indiana high school and college students, community partners and early childcare centers to host a 5K walk/run to support youth health and fitness programs. On Saturday, April 22, Indianapolis and surrounding communities are invited to partake in the festivities at White River State Park from 12:30 - 3 p.m. Registration is $10 or bring a children’s fitness item.