Healthy City Kids (HCK) is a healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention program for families of pre-school aged children. HCK is delivered in partnership with community centers, currently working with Head Start program at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
The Healthy City Kids curriculum, which was developed by a team of pediatricians and a pediatric nutritionist at NYP-WCMC with parent input, consists of six weekly interactive nutrition education sessions taught to caregivers of the enrolled pre-school children. The six-week program is offered throughout the academic year in both English and Spanish.
Weekly sessions are taught by pediatricians, pediatric medical residents, and a registered dietitian from NewYork-Presbyterian. Caregivers learn about healthy eating practices and fun, age-appropriate physical activities for their young children. Each class includes nutrition learning sessions, a healthy snack, culturally adapted recipes, take-home activities for the families, and a review of the previous week's family activities. The program also utilizes an evidence-based physical activity program for preschoolers called "Animal Trackers," which gives families age-appropriate physical activities to use at home.