Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Child Wellness Intervention Project

The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education Office of Coordinated School Health, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and ACHI, offered grants from 2010 to 2013 to address childhood obesity in the state. CWIP used proven methods to increase time spent in physical activity by providing quality physical education programs. The Arkansas CWIP grants provided eligible schools with the SPARK physical education curriculum and equipment, Fitnessgram software, HealthTeacher.com curriculum, and all teacher trainings. Schools that received grant funds committed to making policy changes that would allow an increase in the number of required physical education/activity minutes per week from 60 minutes to 120 minutes for all children.

In addition to planning and facilitating component training for grantees, ACHI participated in grant application training and grant review and helped organize a grantee awards ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol. Other work included creation of a new web-based data collection system and training for system users along with development of a comprehensive evaluation process. ACHI’s evaluations measured the program’s effectiveness in reducing obesity through increased active physical education and integrated data from a variety of sources to provide reports and program guidance.


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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201