Through family education and community advocacy, Healthy Choices strives to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment for adults and children in Milwaukee’s Southside, so they can enjoy a healthier life.
The Family Education Program aims to educate and inspire families, adults and children to develop healthier eating and physical activity habits, so they can enjoy a happier life. This comprehensive program engages the whole family for 12 weeks where participants learn and practice good nutrition, stress management techniques, healthy cooking and physical activity. In addition to being bilingual, the program takes a cultural competence approach which ensures that families can effectively connect the information they receive with their personal lives, values, experiences and traditions.
This program is one of the only family programs in the country that works with the whole family, but splits the majority of the educational sessions into four separate age groups; adults, teens and two groups of children. By doing so, each family member receives the same information, but in a format appropriate to their age and language of preference. This approach has shown to be more effective with weight loss and behavioral changes, as well as to increase family support and closeness.
Our Community Advocacy program has been committed to developing and empowering grassroots leaders who can identify the health needs in their community and advocate for meaningful change. Latinos por la Salud was created with the mission of “creating and maintaining a healthy community, expanding education and advocating for access to healthy food and safe physical activity.”
Latinos por la Salud touches thousands of lives in the neighborhood through different community initiatives, from education in schools or churches or creating walking and biking clubs, to advocating for healthier food in grocery stores or safer street policies.
Kids spend most of their day in school where they eat up to 70% of their daily calories and develop lifelong habits. Given the critical role of schools for the physical and mental health of children, our Healthy Schools program offers health education for students and parents and the opportunity to transform the school environment through food policies.
Thanks to a partnership with the Farm to School Program and a collaboration with health promoters from Latinos por la Salud, we can provide:
- In-class and after-school nutrition and snack preparation lessons to students K-12
- Culturally appropriate nutrition and cooking classes to parents
- Hands-on gardening education for students
Bring the family program to your organization.
Based on our 10 years of experience, a toolkit was created to allow organizations and community groups to replicate our model and expand their healthy lifestyles programming.
The traditionally 12-week bilingual model offers hands-on education, tools, and resources needed to make positive and lasting changes around nutrition, physical activity, stress management and healthy cooking. If 12 weeks doesn’t work for you, or you want to focus on one specific topic or session, we can tailor the program to fit your needs. The resources provided in the training and toolkit are designed to be implemented with any time frame or topic focus.
Interested? Call 414-897-5187
"When I was invited to the Healthy Choices Adult Nutrition and Cooking Education Classes I wasn’t sure I was going to do it. The first day I arrived I was scared. The second day I didn’t want to go. The third day felt wonderful. It felt great to be with a group of women that were to become my good friends. They truly helped me. Tatiana [Healthy Choices Manager] and Delia [Healthy Choices Educator] were amazing and equally important. After a few weeks, I became myself again. I needed their support and I needed their company. Sometimes there are moments or days when you are stuck suffering and all you need is support. I found that with this class."
Adult Class Participant
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