Currently there is a health crisis facing our country's youth. Poor health habits are contributing to a rising trend in obesity, which increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and threatens to seriously shorten the life expectancy of the next generation. Moreover, there is growing evidence that the burden of chronic disease falls disproportionately on both minorities and the economically poor. Given the rapid advances in medical knowledge and public health, there is no reason that this should be a reality for our children.
A grass-roots movement of young leaders turning the tide against the rising childhood obesity epidemic.Mission
To empower youth with the knowledge and tools to be proactive about their own health and to become leaders who are not afraid to take on the health challenges of their communities.
HAP achieves its mission by making students aware of the barriers that prevent them from gaining good health and then by engaging them in a project to overcome those very barriers. HAP is unique because it takes health education one step further by guiding students to not only learn about the health challenges they face, but also tackle them.