Live Healthy Kids

Live Healthy Kids is a nutrition and cooking curriculum that has been lead in Southeast Ohio classrooms since 2011 based on “Food is Elementary”, a national, evidence-based program of the Food Studies Institute. In LHK, for 1 hour per week for 14 weeks, children learn about healthy eating and get hands on experience cooking healthy foods. Together, we are helping kids eat better and live healthier!

If you are interested in bringing this second grade program to your school please contact us at

Why Live Healthy Kids?

Childhood obesity is a major concern throughout the United States. In fact, First Lady Michelle Obama and Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich have each made childhood health their major initiatives during their terms. Live Healthy Kids teaches the USDA MyPlate model, but focuses on teaching kids about the foods they don’t get enough of: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Live Healthy Kids is fun, interactive, and educational. Kids learn about the history and culture of foods they try in the class, why they are healthy, and where they come from. Kids learn measuring, food preparation, and knife skills. When kids play an active role in preparation, they enjoy healthy foods.

Live Healthy Kids at Home

How can you support concepts from Live Healthy Kids at home? Have kids help in the kitchen! Kids learn valuable skills in the classroom that can be practiced at home. Also, every week that kids prepare a recipe, kids receive a copy of the recipe to take home. The recipes are healthy, simple to prepare and low-cost. Best of all, they are kid tested, so you know they’ll like them!

How parents can be involved at school

Volunteer in your child’s classroom - Live Healthy Appalachia encourages parents to be involved as much as possible. Help spread the word throughout Southeast Ohio – One of our goals is for FIE to be taught throughout Southeast Ohio. If you have connections to schools or groups in other counties who would be interested in hosting or organizing FIE, contact us!

Where is Live Healthy Kids being taught?

Live Healthy Appalachia coordinates a school-based Live Healthy Kids outreach in partnership with local businesses and civic organizations.

* Marietta City Schools

* St. Mary's Cathlolic School

* Warren City Schools

* Williamstown High School

* Athens City Schools

* Alexander Local School

* Nelsonville-York City Schools

* Federal Hocking Local Schools

* Trimble Local Schools

* Meigs Local Schools

* Kids on Campus

* Athens Libraries Summer Programming

* Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth in Leadership