Launched by Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in 2005, LiveWell Kids is a comprehensive obesity prevention program developed specifically for elementary school students (K-5). The program was originally created in response to an alarmingly high rate of obesity at the time – 20 percent in 2005 – among Redondo Beach elementary school students. Today, due to BCHD’s programming, the obesity rate has fallen to just 7.8% – while state and national averages continue to rise.
The LiveWell Kids curriculum is delivered in the classroom or school garden by trained parent volunteers. The program blends nutrition lessons and regular physical activity with mindfulness practices and garden education to help students adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and habits at an early age.
The primary components of the program include: