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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri

Healthy U Signature Program

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri is pleased to offer Healthy U, the League’s Community Impact signature program.

The Healthy U program includes several layers of programming focused on nutrition and undernourishment, healthy choices, eating on a budget and fitness programming – all focused on building a healthier Kansas City Community.

Through the League’s Healthy U program, the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri has adopted University Academy, a K-12 college preparatory public charter academy that emphasizes college preparation, career development, community service and leadership. Our signature project brings layers of programming focused through one school community. 

The Junior League's programs focus on fighting food insecurity, student nutrition education, parent nutrition and cooking education, obesity prevention programming and fitness programming at all levels of the University Academy. If you have any questions regarding Healthy U, please contact one of the 2013-2014 Healthy U Co-Chairs, Christy LaHood or Mary Ann Woirhaye.


7 ways the League’s Healthy U program is making an impact at University Academy

Fighting Food Insecurity BackSnack Program for University Academy - Providing 150 students with the BackSnack program through Harvesters, with supplemental materials provided to all Lower School students through the school year.
Making Healthy Food Choices Teen Eats - Partnering with Harvesters to educate 80 middle school students through a 6‐week cooking and nutrition program.
Family Healthy Food Education Family Dinners - Developed classes for families to participate in the cooking and nutrition program through Harvesters Wednesday evenings at University Academy. The League provides family dinner to all participants on a weekly basis during the program.
Healthy Food Education Community Garden - Maintaining a community garden on the grounds of University Academy.
Healthy Lifestyle Programming Fitness & Exercise Programming - Providing innovative fitness programming to the students of University Academy, including completion of a walking trail, and field trips to Sporting KC and the Chiefs Sports Lab.
Healthy Programming Integration Classroom Adoption Program - Adopting lower school classrooms in conjunction with the Junior League's new member classes.