We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and National Cancer Institute (NCI). We Can! is a national public education program to help prevent overweight and obesity. The program provides information and activities that encourage improved nutritional choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time in youth ages 8–13.
This toolkit provides an overview of We Can! and how your community can get involved. It’s organized around four Ps:
- People: This section describes the people who get involved and the roles they play.
- Programs: This section describes the different community outreach elements of We Can! (Youth Programs, Parent Programs, and Community Events and Projects) and how they work together.
- Public Visibility and Working with Media: This section gives you tools and strategies to work with the media to increase awareness about We Can!
- Partnering: This section provides suggestions on effective strategies for partnering with other groups to help you make the most of We Can!
English and Spanish versions of this toolkit, as well as other We Can! tools, are available to download for free from the We Can! website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/tools-resources/index.htm
This toolkit is designed to help you and other key stakeholders begin to address this issue in your community. If you are a community center, you can become an official participant of We Can! and receive access to a variety of materials as well as information on working with the media and partners. By participating, you also have access to tools and information that will assist you in carrying out community programs that focus on obesity prevention and health promotion.