A Healthier Idaho
The health of every community in Idaho is tied to the health of its children. And there’s a problem:
One of every three children in Idaho is overweight or obese, setting the stage for serious health risks down the road—such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease—with lives needlessly compromised and shortened.
This doesn’t have to be our children’s future.
Putting an end to childhood obesity in Idaho takes more than just telling our kids to exercise more and eat healthier foods. If it was that easy, so many Idaho children wouldn’t be overweight or obese. To take this problem on, we need an active and sustained effort in every Idaho town.
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health created High Five! to combat childhood obesity by launching programs that are community-created, community-driven, and community-owned. To succeed, mayors and local businesses, school teachers and principals, non-profits and health providers, and children and parents—the entire community—drive their own High Five! programs, leading by example and being involved.
To start down a new path toward healthier children and communities, each High Five! initiative helps ensure our kids have access to spaces and facilities encouraging more walking, running, playing, and just being more active. High Five! programs also focus on smart eating habits and access to healthy foods.
In the end, High Five! is the catalyst for a positive domino effect: Kids who are more active and eat smarter are happier, more focused and enthusiastic in work and play, and become better citizens who create better communities throughout Idaho.
See Our Community Initiatives
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SEE OUR INITIATIVES
Healthy kids are grown in healthy homes.
High Five! is an initiative of The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc. is a nonprofit private foundation with the mission of building a healthier Idaho.
To accomplish this, the Foundation engages in collaborative partnerships, health programs, and community giving. We are committed to addressing Idaho’s health needs. A 501(c)(3) organization that serves Idaho, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health was established in 2001 as an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.