Inspiring families to adopt positive lifestyle choices

50 agencies work closely with United Way—in partnership with UBMD—through the Healthy Start, Healthy Future for All Coalition, which promotes healthy nutrition and active lifestyles from infancy to adulthood.

Our Focus & Programs

The coalition supports healthy nutrition and physical activity for infants, children, youth and their families, including:

Researching root causes for obesity & other public health issues
Identifying strategies to prevent health conditions & diseases related to poor nutrition & sedentary lifestyles

The Backpack Program

With help from the Food Bank of WNY, the coalition provided weekend meals to 200 children in three Buffalo Public Schools in 20XX.

64% of children participating in the Backpack Program in 2016 were better able to concentrate in school

Conferences & Training

We help strengthen the health promotion field through conferences and training, such as:

  • The Infant Nutrition Practices: Disparity Starts at Birth conference attended by over 190 professionals
  • Certified Lactation Counseling Training attended by over 50 individuals
  • Pilot NYS Department of Health Breastfeeding Friendly Learning Collaborative with 5% of local pediatric & obstetrician offices

Raising Awareness

We aim to increase awareness of healthy nutrition and physical activity through initiatives, such as:

  • The Maternal Infant Resource Guide—How to access prenatal, postnatal & pediatric care
  • Early childhood health messaging—Assists coalitions & agencies in promoting proper infant nutrition & healthy parent-child attachment
  • The Last Straw board game—Demonstrates how income, education, housing & access to services impacts health

Evidence-based Programming

We improve standards of care in physician offices, childcare centers and home-visiting programs by implementing evidence-based programs developed from extensive and proven research, such as:

  • Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound—A physician toolkit to assist in delivering evidence-based messages to parents in order to prevent childhood obesity
  • Healthy You x2—A physician toolkit that sets the foundation for a lifetime of good health by promoting healthy pregnancies & healthy babies
  • Baby Cafes—Community supported drop-in centers providing free, skilled lactation care to new mothers