Partners

Below is a short list of organizations that SPARK is currently partnering with to reduce childhood obesity in the United States.

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SHAPE America

The Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America, is headquartered in Reston, VA, 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. Its vision is “Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!” SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport—all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.

Lets Move! Active Schools  (Supporting Organization)

Let's Move! Active Schools is a collaborative effort between the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Society of Health and Physical Educators and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to solve the problem of obesity. The joint initiative provides schools, parents, youth and communities with tips and resources for incorporating physical activity into any lifestyle to make it a priority. As a supporting organization, SPARK encourages schools and school districts to sign up for Let’s Move! Active Schools. For more information, visit www.letsmoveschools.org.

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association (ACA) is a community of camp professionals who, for 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. ACA believes that young people benefit emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually from physical activity and spending time in close contact with the natural world. These connections are essential to healthy development.

ANNIKA Foundation

The ANNIKA Foundation teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. A primary focus for the ANNIKA Foundation is to identify the greatest needs and opportunities to make an impact by developing sports and physical fitness programs for kids. A key focus is to provide resources that increase participation and access where it is not currently available or affordable, and promote awareness for the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. More information about the ANNIKA Foundation can be found at www.annikafoundation.org.

The First Tee

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations.  Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to nine million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations. 

Best Bones Forever

The Best Bones Forever! Campaign encourages girls to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D. Best Bones Forever!™ is a public-private partnership that brings together organizations from across the country. Founding partner, National Osteoporosis Foundation, tops a partner roster that also includes Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Action for Healthy Kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Association of School Nurses, the National Institutes of Health, Women's Sports Foundation, and more. For more information on campaign partners and activities, go to the campaign Web site for girls at www.bestbonesforever.gov or for parents at www.bestbonesforever.gov/parents.

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The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD), founded in 1930, is a non-profit, voluntary membership corporation formed exclusively to promote the organizing and progress of school, community and statewide programs of health, physical education, recreation and dance which will embody such opportunities and which will insure the inclusion of such programs within the most appropriate philosophical and social context of life in California.

GAHPERD (Georgia Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance)

GAHPERD (Georgia Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) is leading the way in Georgia by uniting professional and community organizations to achieve our vision of a healthier nation! We provide our members with a resource rich, interactive website (www.gahperd.org) and two exceptional professional growth opportunities annually: Our State Conference in Atlanta or Savannah, and the nationally recognized Share the Wealth Conference on Jekyll Island. GAHPERD believes professional involvement and working together are keys to success! We proudly partner with SPARK and hope our combined energy and efforts bring forth positive change for physical education and physical educators!

 

Healthy Kids Challenge

Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC) is a nationally recognized non-profit led by an exemplary team of registered, licensed dietitians with many years of school, program, and community wellness experience. HKC uses the most current evidence-based recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and other leading organizations, and offers solutions through workshops, events, toolkits, a website, newsletters and programming.

 

Healthy Kids Out of School

Healthy Kids Out of School is an initiative of ChildObesity180 in collaboration with Tufts University. In 2011, the initiative convened leaders from nine of the nation's leading out-of-school-time organizations to develop and adopt universal nutrition and physical activity principles from a broad list of evidence-based recommendations for combating childhood obesity. The principles are:

  • Drink Right: Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages;
  • Move More: Boost movement and physical activity in all programs; and
  • Snack Smart: Fuel up on fruits and vegetables.

In 2013, Healthy Kids Out of School launched the Healthy Kids Hub (HealthyKidsHub.org) to connect out-of-school-time program staff and volunteers with educational materials, products, and services to help them overcome financial and logistical barriers and implement the three guiding principles.

 

Healthy Lifestyles Choices

Healthy Lifestyle Choices (HLC) is a non-profit organization that provides children with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively, resolve conflict peacefully, think and act safely, balance a healthy diet with physical activity and avoid harmful substances.

 

Healthy Weight Commitment

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 170 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and NGOs, and professional sports organizations. The Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses on three critical areas–the marketplace, the workplace and schools. Learn More

Highmark Foundation

In 2006, the Highmark Foundation launched Highmark Healthy High 5, a five-year, $100 million children’s health promotion initiative to address five critical areas affecting children’s health. The project’s goal is to give young people to tools, resources and knowledge needed to live healthier lives by making informed choices. This project targets children and adolescents ages 6 to 18 by raising awareness, changing behavior through grants and programs, and provides resources and knowledge to parents, schools, and the communities served by the Highmark Foundation. The five critical areas are nutrition and physical activity (to fight childhood obesity), grieving, self-esteem and bullying prevention.

Highmark Healthy High 5 chose SPARK as its partner to improve the quantity and quality of physical activity in after school programs. The after school programs participate in training and receive SPARK curriculum, equipment and follow up support so their programs work and last. To date, 173 active sites and over 250 youth leaders have become trained and their after school programs are lighting up children’s lives throughout Pennsylvania.

ICAN Foundation

ICAN Foundation was founded by Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints' RB, in response to the ongoing issue with childhood obesity. ICAN Foundation was established in 2012 as a non-profit, public charity to prevent and educate about the ongoing and rising issues of childhood obesity in the United States. Obesity has a profound effect and increases the child's risk of numerous health problems, and it also can create emotional and social problems. Obese children are also more likely to be obese as adults, increasing their risk of serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Let's end childhood obesity now!  Click Here to learn more.

MEND

MEND is the world’s largest provider of evidence-based family weight management programs that combine behavior change, physical activity and nutritional counseling in a community setting. Over 30,000 participants in 5 countries have already benefited from attending a MEND 7-13 Program, an evidence-based healthy lifestyle program for 7-13 year-olds and their families. In the US, the MEND Foundation is dedicated to inspiring children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives – with a focus on changing the behaviors that cause overweight and obesity. The Foundation distributes MEND’s programs with a specific intent to reach low-income families in under-served communities. MEND 7-13 is currently being run in diverse communities across the US, in partnership with YMCAs and other community-based organizations.

SPARK and MEND – teaming up to prevent and reduce childhood obesity – because together we make a significant difference.

SHAPE America Corporate Council

Shape America Corporate Council provides a forum for idea sharing among companies with diverse perspectives but a single purpose – preventing and reducing obesity through quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs.

Corporate Council members:

  • Stay informed about key issues surrounding physical activity promotion and obesity prevention.
  • Obtain a greater understanding of advancements and opportunities in public policy, professional practice, and physical education, sport, and physical activity programming.
  • Gain networking opportunities with nationally-known health, education, and public policy experts.
  • Learn about national and state efforts to increase physical activity and decrease obesity.
  • Demonstrate leadership and support for this national effort.

NCAAHPERD

The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NCAAHPERD) is one of the oldest professional associations in North Carolina dedicated to the advancement of research and education within the fields of Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

NCAAHPERD is an alliance of six associations:

  1. Dance Association for North Carolina Educators (DANCE)
  2. North Carolina Association for Athletic Education (NCAAE)
  3. North Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education (NCAAHE)
  4. North Carolina Sports Management Association (NCSMA)
  5. Physical Education Association (PEA)
  6. Student Majors Association (SMA)

President's Challenge

Pres-Challenge-LogoThe President’s Challenge is the physical activity and fitness awards program of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program provides a free, motivational online physical activity tracking tool for all ages to earn Presidential recognition. Additionally, the popular physical fitness test offers awards for students of all levels of achievement and abilities. See how you or your school can get involved by visiting www.presidentschallenge.org.

RMC Health

RMC Health is national leader specializing in strengthening the effectiveness of those working to improve the health and well-being of K-12 students. RMC Health combines deep school health experience and expertise with excellent professional development opportunities, ensuring our partners implement best practices to advance the health of students, their schools and their communities. Visit www.rmc.org to learn more.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a fast-growing network of more than 600 organizations and professional groups working to set goals, share our deep expertise, catalyze support for safe, active and healthy communities, and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs across the nation. The National Partnership’s mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

We Can!®

We Can! is a science-based national education program developed by the NIH – a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – to help children ages 8-13 stay at a healthy weight through improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time. The program offers flexible, turn-key resources complete with partnership ideas and outreach opportunities to unite community organizations. Four of the National Institutes of Health have combined their unique resources and activities to create We Can!: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and the National Cancer Institute. For more information, visit http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or call toll-free 866-35-WE CAN (866-359-3226).

 

Academic & Professional Collaborations

 

 

Motion Fitness

Motion Fitness is an Innovative Active Lifestyle Company that creates leading industry products, solutions and partnerships through Fitness, Exergaming and Youth Solutions. We merge hi-tech with game play and activity. Our company shows businesses how to incorporate Exergaming and Fitness to make cultural changes in the health of communities.

Omnikin

At OMNIKIN, our team is devoted to the well-being of all in educational and recreational environments. We offer activities, and recreational and innovative sport products that provide to every participants a maximum of security and pleasure, indoors as well as outdoors. Everything is thought of in order to be easy to use and to organize. Creativity and cooperation are also part of the equation. The excellent value for money on our overall products and activities and the simplicity to place an order will guarantee success in your goals. Have fun exploring!

Speed Stacks, Inc.

The worldwide leader in Sport Stacking. We are an international company with operations in 54 countries and programs in over 40,940 schools and organizations. Sport Stacking is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration and quickness. Thousands of teachers, administrators, and parents along with millions of kids have experienced the benefits of Sport Stacking. Become part of the movement!