genHkids History

genHkids was founded in October 2008 to address serious child health issues in Sangamon County, Illinois, specifically shortcomings in areas of child nutrition, physical activity and health education. 35% of Illinois children are overweight or obese, ranking Illinois 4th in the nation for children with an unhealthy body weight.

The genHkids Coalition was founded by Kemia Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H in partnership with a wide array of local organizations, associations, public health institutions, businesses and educational establishments. Since its inception, the genHkids Coalition has generated tremendous excitement in the region with its hands-on, grassroots approach to improving child health. The genHkids Coalition is comprised of health professionals, educators, fitness experts, nutritionists, parents, and other concerned citizens, all dedicated to creating generation Healthy.

Today, genHkids is a leading voice in Sangamon County with regards to the promotion of childhood wellness programs, having created and implemented more than a half-dozen early childhood education, physical activity, nutrition-based and community programs. Our genHkids programs are visible in more than 30 elementary and middle schools throughout Sangamon County.