Children are influenced by those whom they are around the most, primarily their family and their school. So it's a natural assumption that if families and schools adopt efforts to improve health and wellness, children will grow up to make positive, healthy choices. The focus of this Healthy Base Initiative task is for installation schools and military families to work together to implement anti-obesity and tobacco initiatives in the schools and to reinforce these efforts in the community. This focus will overlap with many of the other wedges: "Food and Beverage," "Tobacco-Free Living," "Active Living" and "Health and Wellness."
Schools can be an effective environment to integrate health messages with education. Classes could create projects with positive health messages that would be displayed around the school; cafeterias could promote delicious healthy meals; recipes could be incorporated into a math class; science classes could discover the outcome of smoking on lungs; physical activity could be promoted in various school events, like a mini-Olympics. Students would be able to mark their progress on charts so they could observe that healthy eating and positive choices will make a difference to their own health. By being good students of health, they can become conscientious adults with strong bodies and sharp minds!