As kids are heading back to school, so are the partners participating in the Healthy Futures Program, sponsored by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.

The IBC Foundation funded a three-year project, now entering its second year, whereby many community partners including a CHOP nursing team, the Vetri Foundation, the Philadelphia Union, Greener Partners, and Fit Essentials, among others, visit a number of Philadelphia-area schools to help kids eat right, get fit and stay well.

CHOP school nurse Aleshia Smith is heading back into the classrooms this fall to talk to the children about health and wellness and to help the school nurses complete health assessments, among other responsibilities.