Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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More Healthy Lifestyle Programs


Many community organizations in and non-profits in Davidson County and Middle Tennessee promote healthy lifestyles for children and youth. Some organizations provide active healthy lifestyle programs with a focus on nutrition and physical activity. Others partner to improve children's health and prevent pediatric obesity.

Action for Healthy Kids 
Engages diverse organizations, leaders, and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth, and schools.

Alignment Nashville
Aligns community organizations to help our youth and public schools succeed. 

American Heart Association
Jump Rope for Heart program, implemented in elementary schools. Hoops for Heart program, implemented in middle schools. Both programs help increase cardiovascular exercise. 

Boys and Girls Club
Fitness and recreation. Provides healthy snacks every day and hot nutritious meals once a week. Offers programs and featured projects such Commit to be Fit and the Veggie Project

Communities and Students Together for Learning-Enhanced Service (CASTLES)
A service-learning program with Vanderbilt students to work with established organizations. Offers a 6-7 week nutritious cooking class with middle and high schools. Also offers afterschool Programs for 2 elementary schools with fitness-related activities, providing opportunities for nutrition and fitness education.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (Cumberland Valley)
The Be Healthy, Be Fit Program, reaches girls ages 6-17 to promote healthy lifestyles. Includes a number of various of programs tailored for specific age groups. The Mothers and Daughters Program focuses on the changing body during puberty. Uniquely Me focuses on self-esteem.

Grace M. Eaton Child Care and Family Resource Center
The daycare center serves nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon snacks. 

Junior League of Nashville
The Kids in the Kitchen program empowers youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and  reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.

Martha O'Bryan
The youth program promotes academic reinforcement and homework, leadership skills with character development, and recreation activities with available healthy snacks. 

Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Program (MIHOW)
This peer-mentoring, home visitation program targets pregnant women. Emphases are healthy nutrition, exercise during pregnancy, promotion of breast-feeding, and monitoring of infant nutrition and introduction of solids. 

Meharry Medical College Department of Pediatrics
This clinic with a primary pediatric department includes a nutritionist, nurse practitioner, and physicians.

Metro Health Department
Currently surveying and studying public health issues that affect the community, such as preventable illnesses and diseases. The Active Living and Health Eating Program focuses on trying to keep people active throughout their lifespan. Other programs include Walk to School, Music City Moves, and The Wise Moves Program.

Metro Parks & Recreation
Offers a variety of healthy lifestyle programs in 24 community centers. Programs range from sports leagues, dance classes, strength training, and nature walks. A Collaboration with Children’s Hospital develops and tests innovative pediatric obesity prevention programs focusing on Latino families.

Neighborhood Health
This clinic network in greater Nashville, as well as Hartsville and Lebanon, Tenn., provides convenient, affordable, comprehensive and high quality primary health care.

Progresso Community Center Hispanic Group of Tennessee
Centro Comunatrio Progreso Grupo Comunitario Hispano de Tennessee

This grassroots Hispanic-community organization conducts focus groups on community members' perspectives on major health issues such as obesity and nutrition.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Kids Café includes 10-week interactive hands-on nutrition classes as an afterschool program. It is implemented in community groups and organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs. Activities and games are also available.

Siloam Family Health Center
The clinic conducts physical examinations and vaccines, and provides acute care for most illnesses for low-income families, refugees, and immigrants.

Youth Encouragement Services (Y.E.S.)
This afterschool program focuses on education, physical well-being, social, and spiritual development. It includes recreational activities, nutrition classes, and healthy meals.

Physical activity, nutrition education, and opportunities for families promote connective relationships. The YMCA is collaborating with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to develop and test an innovative pediatric obesity intervention program.

Last Edited: October 13, 2017
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