Transforming cities across Idaho

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Studies predict that this is the first-generation of youth that will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The High Five Children's Health Collaborative has a great plan for making childhood obesity a top priority in the state of Idaho.

Over the past few years the growing trend of childhood obesity has been at the forefront of the health conversation in our nation. The mission of the High Five Children’s Health Collaborative is to engage Idaho to reduce childhood obesity. Health doesn’t happen in a doctor’s office, it starts in our communities. Research shows that youth living in healthy communities are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and obesity and more likely to live a healthier, happier life.

In 2014, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health (BCIFH) launched an innovative new grant aimed at cities in Idaho to help fight childhood obesity. Since then, the Community Transformation Grant has funded 14 cities across Idaho to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and the establishment of safe and healthy environments for children.

THE CHALLENGE

Getting cities across Idaho to form partnerships focused on improving the health and well-being of youth in their community.

SPARK'S ROLE

Conscious Strategy: Design of the framework and process for the grant.

Spark! Facilitation: Facilitate the development of public/partnership.

Integrated Visioning: Community visioning sessions for each city.

Action Accelerator: Serving as technical assistance and grant administrator.