CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids), a collaboration between NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Department of Child and Adolescent Health and our community. It began as a five year Center for Best Practices grant funded by the New York State Department of Health in 2008, and became a hospital program in 2012.
The goals of CHALK are to reduce over time the prevalence of childhood obesity and its related morbidity in Northern Manhattan (with a focus on school-aged children), and to promote a culture and create an environment in which healthy lifestyles are integral to the lives of all children.
CHALK works with a community coalition of partners, initially focusing on Washington Heights/ Inwood to develop and disseminate a social marketing message that promotes healthy lifestyles, while identifying barriers and resources to healthy living.
CHALK also works internally within the hospital to engage and train health care providers to identify best practices and to foster an environment of healthy living. Visit our ACN site.