The Safe Routes to School National Partnership's mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America's children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. The National Partnership led the first Fire Up Your Feet pilot program and continues to provide core staffing and resources for the national expansion. Fire Up Your Feet began as a pilot program in spring 2011 thanks in part to the leadership and vision of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, who continues to be the exclusive, statewide sponsor of Fire Up Your Feet in Minnesota to launch later this month. Find out more.
Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools: A Partnership for Healthy Students, Staff, and Teachers
Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools is a targeted multi-year initiative to improve the health of students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools in communities that KP serves and beyond. Emphasizing healthy eating, active living and improvements in the K-12 school climate, Thriving Schools is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Fire Up Your Feet, launched in partnership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Parent Teacher Association, deepens Kaiser Permanente's historic commitment to the health of school communities, and will increase the amount of physical activity for kids and their families, staff and teachers get on the way to, from and during the school day. Find out more.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.
For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
PTA is honored to serve as Fire Up Your Feet’s family engagement partner, helping parents to achieve family connectedness through walking. PTA’s ongoing healthy lifestyles initiatives aim to increase parental understanding of the role physical activity and healthy eating play in fostering a child’s academic, social, emotional, and physical growth.
For more information, visit PTA.org.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. For more information on Blue Cross’ prevention initiatives, please visit bluecrossmn.com/preventionminnesota.