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HELM: Healthy Eaters, Lifelong Movers

HELM is a K-12 school-university partnership that focuses on  healthy eating and physical activity as key strategies for improving academic achievement.

HELM is a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center and the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education to increase opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity, and high quality physical education in K-12 schools. The first three years of HELM have seen a 66% increase over two years in moderate to vigorous physical activity in elementary school PE classes and have implemented roughly 100 evidence-based environment and policy changes to combat childhood obesity.
HELM 2 launches in Fall 2013 to continue work with 46 K-12 schools in the San Luis Valley and expand the program’s reach to 73 schools in southeast Colorado.

The HELM project has two components:

Assess, Identify, Make-it-happen​ provides rural schools with a strategic planning process, facilitated by Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center staff, to help schools implement environment and policy best practices known to increase student opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.



The Physical Education Academy provides rural schools with SPARK curriculum, equipment, training and personalized support from site coordinators.

For more information about AIM, contact:

Elaine Belansky
Co-Principal Investigator

For more information about the PE Academy, contact:

Nick Cutforth
Co-Principal Investigator


Healthy Eaters, Lifelong Movers (HELM) is funded by a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.

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