The kids teaching kids program at Medical City Children’s Hospital is being honored with the American Hospital Association NOVA Award, which recognizes outstanding hospital-led collaborative efforts that improve community health. Kids teaching kids is one of only five programs nationwide to receive this prestigious award.

Kids teaching kids, created in 2010 in partnership with the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and Texas ProStart culinary programs in school districts across North Texas, was developed to help children form life-long healthy eating habits. Kids teaching kids encourages children to reach for a healthier snack option, rich in whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and fruits and veggies.

The program is comprised of three unique parts: a 21-Day Challenge, a Kids Fit Menu and an @Work program aimed at adults. The 21-Day Challenge provides nutrition and lifestyle education and resources to more than 275,000 elementary aged students and their parents in participating school districts. Kids throughout North Texas have ordered more than 300,000 healthy menu items, at 11 different restaurants and 242 different locations, through the Kids Fit Menu. The @Work program is free to participating companies and supports employees as they develop healthier snacking habits while they are on the job.

“Through the Medical City Children’s Hospital kids teaching kids program, we empower our community with the knowledge and means to make daily healthy eating and lifestyle choices,” said Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas. “Our program goal is to help fight the epidemic of childhood obesity and focus on the health and wellbeing of children.”

Medical City Children’s Hospital leaders will accept the NOVA Award during the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit on July 28 in San Diego.

For more information about the Medical City Children’s Hospital kids teaching kids program, visit kids-teaching-kids.com.