UPMC Health Plan is the leading partner of We Can! Pittsburgh, a local arm of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH)
We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition® program. Pittsburgh was officially designated as a We Can! City by the NIH on November 29, 2007.
We Can! is unique among existing youth obesity-prevention initiatives for its ability to reach parents and families as a primary group for influencing young people. It is a science-based, national education program that helps children ages 8-13:
- Improve food choices
- Increase physical activity
- Reduce screen time (e.g., TV, computers, video games)
We Can! offers parents and caregivers of young children easy-to-understand educational materials and activities in both English and Spanish, including a course on healthy lifestyles, a parent handbook, science-based youth curricula, and nutrition and physical activity tips, plans, and tracking sheets.
The initiative was designed so that civic organizations, parent groups, churches, and others can easily implement activities right in their own communities. UPMC Health Plan leverages health care resources, its leadership, and expertise to help We Can! Pittsburgh community partners roll out We Can! programming locally. Through these strategic partnerships,
We Can! empowers families across western Pennsylvania with knowledge that helps them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
To date, more than 1,600 community sites in the United States have committed to use We Can! materials and organize
We Can! classes and events.
For more information about the national We Can! program, visit www.nih.gov/wecan.
We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition, We Can! and the We Can! logos are registered trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).