Who We Are
Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK) is New York Presbyterian’s (NYP) obesity prevention program in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the community of Northern Manhattan. The program developed out of a need to serve the high risk, predominantly Latino community of Washington Heights/Inwood. The goal of CHALK is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in Northern Manhattan by creating an environment in which healthy lifestyles are integral to the lives of all children and their families. CHALK’s areas of focus are community organizations and programs, early childhood centers, public schools, faith-based organizations, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s outpatient pediatric practices.
CHALK aims to address obesity within the context of family and community through, schools, and medical clinics of NYP. CHALK uses a non-prescriptive approach to implement systemic changes while leveraging community resources focusing on sustainability. The program model stems from working within an academic–community partnership framework that is asset-based, where the co-design process and capacity building are central to success of the partnership. CHALK partners are equipped with a full-time staff member to assess and create wellness goals with the organization’s leadership and wellness champions; this approach enables an organization to feel empowered and create ownership over their wellness goals and projects. The non-prescriptive approach of CHALK makes the program model easily adaptable into a variety of settings while enhancing the wellness environment specific to that organization.
- To disseminate CHALK's 10 Habits of Healthy Kids to support families develop skills to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Empower organizations to focus on nutrition and physical activity by promoting wellness.
- Connect and mobilize community members, local business, and community organization to spread the message, create program that foster healthy lifestyles, leverage resources, and improve the built environment.