Making Healthy Easy: Strong4Life from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
From the moment our children are born, we want what is best for them. We want them to grow up to be happy, healthy and safe. But let’s face it: Parenting isn’t easy. And we know how challenging it can be to parent kids of all ages—from newborns to teens (and every stage in between)—because we are parents too. That’s why Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta created Strong4Life. Armed with a team of doctors, registered dietitians and other wellness experts, Strong4Life is here to help busy parents raise healthier families. We do this by focusing on three key strategies: equipping parents with the resources they need at home, training healthcare providers and working with schools and the community to impact kids where they learn and play.
Inspiring Parents: Strong4Life.com
As a parent, you are the greatest influencer in your child’s life. Regardless of whether you have three school-age kids or you are a first-time parent, that responsibility can feel overwhelming at times. With so much more information at your fingertips—and so many resources offering different parenting advice—it can be confusing to know who to trust. As complicated as life can get, we believe parents could use a little help and inspiration in their crazy-busy worlds. We believe it’s so important that we created this dedicated website for parents, where you can quickly and easily find free, age-specific tips, tools and advice from our experts. From birth to school age, Strong4Life equips you to deal with everything from mealtime tantrums and picky eating to food parenting (and everything in between). What’s even better is that you won’t be spammed with product ads or pop-up promotions on Strong4Life.com. We’re not trying to sell you anything. We simply want to be a resource for Georgia’s parents because we want your kids to be happy, healthy and safe too.
We recognize that raising a child is the hardest job there is. There are also many factors that support creating a healthy home, and we know this website can’t solve it all. But we can make it a lot easier to find the tips and advice you need from the experts you can trust at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
You’ve got this, and we’re here to help.
Watch the video below to learn more about Strong4Life.com.
Strong4Life in the doctor’s office and at school
To help impact kids’ health outside the home, Strong4Life is also in the community. Strong4Life trains healthcare providers to better address healthy habits at well-child visits. We provide school cafeteria staff with the tools and resources to transform lunchrooms and encourage kids to make better choices in the lunch line. Children’s also offers intervention programs such as Camp Strong4Life and the Strong4Life Clinic for families who struggle to get on a healthy track.
Strong4Life School Nutrition Program: The Strong4Life School Nutrition Program provides Georgia schools the tools needed to encourage kids to make smart choices in the lunch line. Why? Because smart choices at lunch can have a huge impact on kids’ health. We combine clever marketing tactics—used by many fast-food marketers—to engage kids, along with evidence-based techniques to train cafeteria managers and staff.
Strong4Life Clinic: Created specifically for families struggling with health issues related to weight, the Strong4Life Clinic provides a warm and nurturing environment of specialized pediatric-trained team members including a Board-certified obesity medicine pediatrician, a dedicated pediatric psychologist as well as a staff of registered dietitians, exercise physiologists and other wellness experts.
Camp Strong4Life: Camp Strong4Life combines summer camp fun while providing rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade children, who have a BMI greater than the 85th percentile, the support they need to build healthy habits—all with the guidance from our wellness experts.
Strong4Life wellness blueprint: For parks and recreation, after-school programs, camps, youth sports leagues and youth development organizations a wellness blueprint can help identify ways their organization can promote healthy habits. Our wellness hub provides free resources including an interactive online training, fun activity ideas, educational videos and one-on-one support to help create a unique wellness blueprint.
Provider Training: Created by physicians at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Strong4Life Provider Training Program offers evidence-based, actionable information about motivational interviewing techniques, goal setting, BMI tracking and childhood obesity management protocols.
Strong4Life community events: Strong4Life collaborates with organizations to develop grassroots efforts and solutions that are tailored to the needs of local communities.
If you would like Strong4Life to attend your community event, submit an event request application. Once you've submitted an event request application a member of the Strong4Life team will review your request and get back to you.
Join the team making a difference in the lives of Georgia families. As a not-for-profit organization, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta relies on the contributions of our community, and the Strong4Life movement is in need of your financial and volunteer support. Your donation will allow us to continue to train healthcare providers and school nutrition managers, and to affect sustainable change on our state’s health and well-being.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta gratefully acknowledges the support of all the donors and community partners whose contributions have helped Strong4Life make a major impact in Georgia.