Oasis was honored to join forces with the Partnership for a Healthier America and hundreds of other organizations for the Building a Healthier Future Summit, held in Washington, D.C., last week.
The Summit is one of the nation’s premiere gatherings of health experts, policy makers, foundations and business and industry leaders committed to ending childhood obesity, including Anthem Inc., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Partnership’s efforts at the Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked-off the #Gimmefive campaign, a national challenge for everyone to make a commitment to work 5 healthy habits into their daily routine: eat 5 fruits and vegetables, do 5 push-ups, jog for 5 minutes, you name it!
Check out the First Lady getting President Obama engaged here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWbdTa6vaf8
The Summit provided the opportunity to share the tremendous success of Oasis CATCH Healthy Habits, the nation’s largest evidence-based intergenerational program that unites caring adult volunteers, age 50-plus, to inspire children to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime – all while becoming healthier themselves.
Thanks to support from Anthem Foundation, we’re making a measurable difference since the program began in 2011:
- 23,000 kids in grades K to 5 and 8,800 older adults reached by mid-2015
- 65% of children and 81% of adults have met or exceeded CDC recommendations for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
- Both children and adults have eaten more fruits and veggies and cut down on screen time
- Volunteers have contributed 75,000 hours valued at $1.5 million
We’re proud to be among those seeking solutions and action as we ensure that people of all ages find the value of leading healthy lifestyles!