HYPE (Healthy You. Positive Energy.) is a youth campaign designed to engage students in wellness goals.
HYPE encourages middle and high school students to form Youth Wellness Councils and involve their peers in making healthy changes in their schools and communities. These changes include:
- Reducing access to unhealthy foods
- Increasing awareness of and access to healthy foods and beverages
- Increasing physical activity
Participating students gain leadership experience as they:
- Plan and implement activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity
- Work with adults in their school to coordinate those activities
- Reach out to their peers to encourage them to get involved
Frequently Asked Questions
How is HYPE changing schools?
Youth-led wellness initiatives have taken many forms, including:
- Healthy morning announcements
- Poster contests
- Promoting non-food rewards in the classroom
- Healthy fundraisers
- Walking clubs
- Healthy taste tests
- School-wide “movement breaks”
- After school fitness clubs
As part of HYPE, Youth Wellness Councils have the opportunity to attend annual "Youth for Healthy Change" Leadership Summits. Summits address pressing youth health issues and provide enrichment and training opportunities for young leaders.
How can I get involved?
Students, staff, and parents can all play a part in supporting healthy changes in schools and communities:
Staff: Talk to your school’s principal about forming a Youth Wellness Council.
Students: Talk to your teacher or other staff person about your interest in forming a Youth Wellness Council at your school.
Parents: Parents can often be the strongest voices for healthy school change. Contactring your school's principal is a good place to start. Parents can also support their children's efforts to:
- Eat a well-balanced breakfast.
- Get to school on time.
- Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
- Avoid unhealthy food at the corner store.
Where can I find out more?