There are a number of exciting health and nutrition related programs going on in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The three programs highlighted here provide resources for nutrition information, physical activity, and obesity prevention!

If you are interested in bringing these programs to your school, please use the contact information provided.

Healthy Schools Program 

The Healthy Schools Program is an initiative of The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and uses research-based evidence to create healthy environments in schools around the country. The Program has reached 18 million kids in 31,000 schools! The Healthy Schools Program uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “School Health Index”(SHI) for interested schools to perform a self-assessment on the school wellness environment. The SHI identifies a school’s strengths and weaknesses and is a useful tool to help create a plan to improve the health and safety of students.

CHPThrough Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, several Pittsburgh Public Schools have committed to participate in the Healthy Schools Program. Children’s Hospital is providing schools with professional development from health experts, access to technical assistance and training, networking and learning opportunities, and science-based resources.

To read more about the Healthy Schools Program, visit their website. To read more about the partnership with Children’s Hospital, click here.

If you are interested in bringing the Healthy Schools Program to your school, please contact Anne Marie Kuchera at


Grow Pittsburgh

Grow Pittsburgh is an urban agriculture non-profit with the goal of teaching people to grow fresh foods and promoting the benefits of maintaining a garden in the Pittsburgh area. Established in 2005, Grow Pittsburgh is filling the area’s need for an urban agriculture organization.

esy logoEdible Schoolyard (ESY) Pittsburgh is a school-based garden and cooking education program.  ESY Pittsburgh integrates garden and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to support the development and education of the whole child. The Affiliate School Program was launched in 2014 to allow more regional schools to get involved. In this program, Grow Pittsburgh staff works with school staff and administration for two years to assist in planning and building an on-site garden and to align garden classes with the school’s mission and curriculum.

If you are interested in bringing ESY Pittsburgh to your school through the Affiliate Program, applications are accepted each fall. Please see the Grow Pittsburgh website for more information by clicking here or email


Kids of STEEL

Kids of Steel Logo - 2017Kids of STEEL (KOS) is an award-winning, free youth physical activity and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in children. Our training plans are geared towards age-appropriate exercise and healthy eating habits. During the training period, children will:

  • Complete physical activity and nutrition goals based on their chosen training plan
  • Learn the benefits of setting a goal, training for the goal and achieving that goal
  • Track activity and nutrition goals on a training log and turn it in for a finisher prize

Children are encouraged (though not required) to complete the program by registering for a designated P3R event depending on the training program and season. Check out our Kids of STEEL Races page for more details on our Spring season races during the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.

  • UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run
  • Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
  • Pittsburgh Toddler Trot

If you are a parent whose child does not attend a participating school, but would like your child to participate, please click here.

If you are interested in learning more about signing up your school or organization for next year, please contact them at