Join us for HEAL for the Holidays!

Learn to prepare an easy Tuscan Bean HEAL-icious (healthy and delicious) meal with world renown chef Kathy G and HEAL CEO Christy Swaid.

Is faster better or does slow and steady win the prize? We will find out with our insta-pot vs slow cooker showdown!

HEAL is making a difference in the health of children and their communities!

HEAL is the only program in the country that provides a comprehensive daily program curriculum, resources, and ongoing support for teachers, and the only program recognized by Alabama State Departments of Health and Education for helping schools satisfy 7 of 10 federal wellness components.

The HEAL Impact

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Serving 40k students in 190 Alabama schools across 34 counties

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Impacting students and teachers from kindergarten to college and into the workforce

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75% of students enrolled in HEAL significantly improved their cardiovascular fitness in just 6 months

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96% of HEAL students shared HEAL behaviors and influenced positive health behaviors with others

75% of students enrolled in HEAL significantly improved their cardiovascular fitness in just 6 months

Why HEAL?

Exercise and nutrition have a profound positive effect on physical and mental disease prevention at every age. Never before has Healthy Eating and Active Living been more relevant or more important.

  • The CDC in fall 2021 revealed that the body mass index of children ages 2 to 19 nearly doubled during the pandemic compared to a pre-pandemic period. This increase was most pronounced in younger, school-aged children.
  • In Alabama, 21.8% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Alabama a ranking of 5 among the 50 states and D.C.
  • Alabama leads the nation in adult obesity rate (39%) as of 2020.
  • Fewer than one quarter of U.S. high school students, 23.2%, are physically active for at least 60 minutes on a daily basis
  • In the U.S., childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.
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Help HEAL continue to support our youth in providing critical programs that teach and support a healthy lifestyle.

What HEAL students are saying

Last year in the 4th grade I was losing way too much weight … Turns out I had acid reflux. After I got my medication HEAL helped me balance what I ate.

5th Grader, Collier Elementary

My mom got inspired and takes walks around the neighborhood with me… sometimes [we get] 2.5 miles.

5th Grader

O'Rourke Elementary

Before the heal program I stayed inside all day, now me and my mom run 2 miles every day.

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The HEAL Book System

Order your free copy of each of the HEAL books for personal or classroom use!

HEAL Book Group