Live Well Omaha
Live Well Omaha leads a coalition of organizations that are committed to prioritizing and improving conditions that impact the health of our community. We envision a higher quality of life for all, making Omaha the healthiest community and contributing to Nebraska as the healthiest state.
Leveraging our legacy of impactful public/private partnerships, Live Well Omaha, along with our community partner, Douglas County Health Department, is taking the leadership role in our community's journey to become an Accountable Health Community. As an Accountable Health Community, we are committed to building a coalition that can successfully address all the factors that directly influence individual health and ability to thrive, starting with:
Access to healthy foods
Access to preventive care
Live Well Omaha is also the home for Live Well Omaha Kids, a separate coalition whose aim is to prevent childhood obesity by creating healthy environments for children using place-based strategies with resident input. Within Live Well Omaha Kids, the organization is providing policy and advocacy around school wellness policy, safe routes to school, and joint use.
These impactful investments help the community move the needle to improve the health of residents and create a culture of health in Omaha. Your gift can enhance their current status and help us truly impact the health disparities that impact our community.
Omaha is at a tipping point for health. Instead of conducting work as usual, we need to think differently about all the living conditions (housing, education, neighborhood safety, food access, and social connectedness, etc.) that have an impact on health.
Then we must link arms with landlords, grocers, transportation and other nontraditional partners to create a road map that leads to measurable improvements in the quality of life and longevity of life of our neighbors, friends, family and co-workers across the metro area.
Live Well Omaha, WELLCOM, the Douglas County Health Department, health systems and insurance companies and many other organizations are on this journey together. After 20 years of work, it's time to reset the stage and challenge the status quo.
Healthy Changes, Healthy Conversations are Part of the Fontenelle Culture
"We have to help the whole child to get them to learn academically," says Eric Nelson, principal at Fontenelle Elementary. "That means looking for different ways to help our children, especially those who live in poverty areas."
His school has made what he calls "a big push" for wellness, thanks to support from
Partners for Healthy Schools, local corporations and organizations, and federal programs. At Fontenelle, wellness starts with giving every child the opportunity to have breakfast.
The school offers a "grab-and-go" program that serves 500 students in 15 minutes.
When the bell rings at 8:40, kids take their chosen bag - either a hot or cold healthy meal - to eat in their classroom. Not only does the arrangement move people efficiently through the cafeteria, the program is making an impact.
"Teachers and staff see the difference in kids when their survival needs and met and they feel better about the day," Nelson says. "The program has been a big eye-opener."