Leaders in Care

Youth Initiatives

P.A.R.K. After-School Program

P.A.R.K. is an innovative after-school and summer program for at-risk youth. It strives to give young people the skills and confidence to succeed in school and life. One component of the program is serving snacks to 200 students Tuesdays through Fridays during the school year. Baptist Health also provides hot lunches Monday through Thursday during the summer.

For more information on this program, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Baptist Health Community Immunization Program for Children

During the month of August, the Baptist Health Community Immunization Program administers free immunizations to school-aged children and free physicals to preschool-aged children in underserved communities. Immunizations are offered in church-based settings, community centers and on the Mobile Health Unit.

For more information on this program, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

If you have Medicaid, please bring proof of coverage. Please also bring shot records.

Cooking with Community Outreach

Cooking with Community Outreach classes are taught by a registered dietitian and designed to help gain confidence in the kitchen and learn about the foods you love to eat! 

Topics include:

  • nutrition benefits of each food
  • ingredient selection
  • cooking techniques and time-saving tips
  • saving money at the grocery store
  • time-saving tips 

We will prepare, cook, and taste different dishes using a variety of ingredients.  Each student will leave class with a satisfied stomach, written recipes and tips.   

All classes are held at A Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas Building, 10117 Kanis Road, Little Rock and are open to those ages 8-15.

To register and for additional classes throughout the year contact Community Outreach at 501-202-1540.  Space is limited.

Healthy Children’s Initiative

The Healthy Children’s Initiative is an initiative encouraging children and adolescents to improve their health through good nutrition and physical activity. As part of the initiative, children are provided a Baptist Health Eat to Win Fast Food Map, a tool that makes it easy to find and select healthier options at fast food restaurants. There are also four physical activity and nutrition programs of the initiative: We Can!© (Way to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) CATCH© Kids Club, Media-Smart Youth:Eat, Think, and Be Active!® We Can! ®Energize Our Families: Parent Program, EatPlayGrow


we can!CATCH Kids Club

The We Can!© CATCH© Kids Club is a program for elementary school-aged children in an after-school setting that encourages a healthy diet and regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Sessions will introduce children to:

  • The concepts of healthful behavior and model healthful eating and physical activity behaviors
  • How the heart works when the body is physically active and the physical activities that increase the heart rate
  • The Five-A-Day concept for fruits and vegetables
  • Healthier choices in a fast food restaurant
  • MyPlate food groups
  • Physical fitness through games and activities 

eat play grow

EatPlayGrow  is an interactive program targeting 3-4 year olds in a day care setting features 11 lessons that incorporate art-making, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

We Can! ®Energize Our Families: Parent Program  is a program for parents and caregivers that encourages a healthy weight for the family through nutrition and physical fitness activities and discussions in a community setting.

For more information on the Healthy Children’s Initiative, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition logo is a registered trademark of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Participation by Baptist Health does not imply endorsement by DHHS/NIH/NHLBI.