How are we helping ensure a healthier future for Arizona and the USA?

The Healthy Future Arizona vision is for Arizona to become the healthiest state in the country. We will get there with a statewide coalition, committed to empowering individuals to substantially improve their health—starting with school-based approaches.

[If you are not from Arizona: ls your state ready to do whatever it takes to reverse the child obesity & diabetes epidemics—including dramatically improving physical activity, unhealthy nutrition and social-emotional health K-12 statewide?]

Our coalition plans to scale up our proven evidence-based strategies, and to implement them statewide—with a special focus on lower-income schools with the greatest needs.
As part of our core mission, vision and values, these approaches are and will continue to be: accountable, performance-based, highly-effective, affordable-for-all, super-scalable, move-the-needle-systemic, long-term, and sustainably self-funding—with a high proven payback/ROI.

We define “health” in a whole-child, whole-person context—starting with physical health, but also including social-emotional and mental health—and eventually financial, civic, creative, and other types of health. Generally speaking, none of these are being adequately developed and assessed at present in Arizona’s or other states’ K-12 schools.

Our initial focus is on dramatically improving K-12 physical and health education, physical activity, healthy nutrition, & stress reduction–as an essential foundation for lifelong health.

While we start in K-12 schools, we look at health in its broader family, community, and socioeconomic context—and over the entire lifespan. And we realize that healthy habits begun early in life–as children, must then be reinforced by other public policies and private practices–as adults. This ensures that the healthy behavior begun in schools does not fade out and revert to unhealthy social norms in the future.

Plan – Develop – Assess Model
The Plan – Develop – Assess model brings together highly-effective, low cost, scalable, evidence-based best practices to dramatically increase physical activity, improve nutrition education & habits, and reduce student stress—and it does so with rapid payback & high ROI. Find out more.

Pay For Success Funding
We are bringing together a group of social impact and health sector investors to sustainably “self-fund” high-ROI, evidence-based K-12 strategies to improve child health and reduce their health costs. Find out more.

Whole Child School Report Card
We need comprehensive recent data on school health-related policies & practices and other whole-child issues. This provides objective accountability for enforcement of the recess law and state K-8 education requirements, for use in the A-F school accountability system, and for Pay For Success evaluation & related ROI-based scaling–as well as for new policy development & financing. Find out more.

K-12 Prevention Fund
This is expected to be a dedicated permanent statewide fund, financed with a small percentage of chronic health spending–with shared governance, high transparency & accountability, proven school-based & other strategies, and aggressive cost-saving goals. It will continue & expand the work started with Pay For Success & other current projects to continually improve Arizonans’ health preventively. Find out more.

Read more about our history—starting in Arizona.

Find out about other states, which we hope to assist in building a healthy future.

Please see our latest slide deck for more details.