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Kid Healthy

 1901 E Fourth Street, Suite 100
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (949) 874-7701
[F] (714) 834-0585
[email protected]
Linda Franks
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Organization DBA KID HEALTHY
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-2021700 00002


Mission StatementMORE »


Kid Healthy works to build healthy communities, to improve health and wellness by engaging school children and families from the most vulnerable communities of Southern California through culturally appropriate programs that measurably increase nutrition and fitness levels.  
Kid Healthy's programs:  Padres en Acción and Cooking up Change®, reach at-risk, vulnerable children and families. Our strategies engage parents and the community to provide health, nutrition and fitness education; and to provide increased physical activity opportunities with parent led active recess.  Parents learn to take the lead in the health and wellness of their homes, communities, and to role model positive behaviors daily.

Mission Statement


Kid Healthy works to build healthy communities, to improve health and wellness by engaging school children and families from the most vulnerable communities of Southern California through culturally appropriate programs that measurably increase nutrition and fitness levels.  
Kid Healthy's programs:  Padres en Acción and Cooking up Change®, reach at-risk, vulnerable children and families. Our strategies engage parents and the community to provide health, nutrition and fitness education; and to provide increased physical activity opportunities with parent led active recess.  Parents learn to take the lead in the health and wellness of their homes, communities, and to role model positive behaviors daily.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $525,000.00
Projected Revenue $588,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Padres en Acción
  • Cooking Up Change

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Mission Statement


Kid Healthy works to build healthy communities, to improve health and wellness by engaging school children and families from the most vulnerable communities of Southern California through culturally appropriate programs that measurably increase nutrition and fitness levels.  
Kid Healthy's programs:  Padres en Acción and Cooking up Change®, reach at-risk, vulnerable children and families. Our strategies engage parents and the community to provide health, nutrition and fitness education; and to provide increased physical activity opportunities with parent led active recess.  Parents learn to take the lead in the health and wellness of their homes, communities, and to role model positive behaviors daily.

Background Statement

Kid Healthy was formed to address the serious health epidemic of childhood obesity.  Rates of occurrence continue to rise, especially in vulnerable communities where access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and safe play space is lacking.   Issues related to overweight/obesity include: heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer  and hypertension.  These afflictions put a strain on our communities health resources and life expectancy.  Children and teens who develop health and weight issues are likely to be obese adults; 80% of children diagnosed with type-2 diabetes are overweight.  These indicators are alarming and form the basis of Kid Healthy's targeted programs. Kid Healthy targets children at an early age where they can be influenced to make healthy, positive changes, and engages parents to become leaders able to influence change in their homes and communities.  We work within the school environment, a place where there is access to larger numbers of vulnerable communities, where they feel safe, and where they live.
With one in three California children overweight or obese, Kid Healthy was formed in 2003 to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. The organization implemented its Steps to Healthy Living Campaign in Orange County and quickly expanded it to Los Angeles County, Ventura, Inland Empire and San Diego County. Today, our programs reach children and parents in a comprehensive, sustaining manner, focusing on communities which have a high percentage of low-income children.  Kid Healthy piloted its Padres en Acción program in 2008, and its newest program, Cooking Up Change, in 2012.  Padres en Acción has grown to 46 school sites and is poised to further expand in 2018-19.

Impact Statement

In the 2017-18 school year, the Padres en Acción program grew to 46 school sites in 9 school districts throughout Orange County.  Participating schools are those with highest need and highest rates of obesity. The program currently engages 31,000 students and 1,200 parents in parent-led health education and active recess.  In addition, the parent groups actively participate in special events and activities to further educate parents and students on the importance of healthy habits.  Many of our PEA schools have gone the extra mile and created school site Wellness Councils.  These councils, represented by a diverse group of stakeholders, conduct assessments and strategies to insure a healthy school environment for all. Outcomes includes significant increases in physical activity intensity; parent engagement; and healthy behaviors of participating families.
Kid Healthy has successfully implemented the Cooking Up Change program for the 7th year, sending a team of high school culinary students to Washington, DC for the national competition. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  The Orange County teams representing Kid Healthys' local competition have finished in 1st Place in the national finals six times in Washington, DC.  The program has received national attention and recognition for the students.  Recipes designed by Cooking Up Change student participants are placed in an annual cookbook, shared with OC school nutrition directors to be implemented into their school's cafeteria menu.  School cafeterias throughout OC have held student taste tests, and now serve selections from student created meals in the regular rotation of school lunch.

Needs Statement

Kid Healthy programs have a direct benefit on the health and well-being of children and families, however, the cost of bringing these tools to families is a challenge. We rely on grants, corporate sponsorships, and private donations.  Kid Healthy works with many collaborating partners to obtain in-kind support (both time and material).  In addition, we work vigorously to keep costs low. We seek sponsorships, grants, and personal donations to fund the fixed costs related to program coordination and implementation.  We have transitioned to a fee for service model, in which schools are offered an affordable contract for program services each year.  We work diligently to keep this cost at an affordable price to schools, made possible by our fundraising efforts.  Each year, Kid Healthy seeks the following:
1)  financial support for sustainability of its programs
2)  donations of physical fitness equipment, as well as cooking equipment, for two of its programs, Padres en Accion and Cooking Up Change
3)  volunteer chef mentors to work with high school students enrolled in culinary arts programs in our Cooking Up Change program

CEO Statement

My commitment to Kid Healthy began as a volunteer, later transitioning to part time staff and eventually becoming the Executive Director.  I got involved to share my passion for fitness and nutrition but it didn't take long for the passion to turn to a commitment to the families and children we serve.  When we are out on the playground, teaching a new physical activity or in the classroom sharing a recipe the kids and parents get excited, always asking "will you be here tomorrow?"  To be part of the success of others is priceless.  Our goal is to bring the community to a place where they don't need us anymore, to have the skills and knowledge to do this for themselves and to teach others thereby sustaining healthy lifestyles for generations; and to have a strong, vibrant, and healthy community. We are proud of our growth to date, we are currently present in 46 school sites with our Padres en Accion program reaching 31,000 students 3 days a week with parent-led active recess.  In addition, our student recipes from Cooking up Change are shared with over 20,000 students offering healthy, tasty options in the cafeteria.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can be made at any time by mail, phone or via our website,  We also accept in-kind donations for our programs.  For example, Padres En Accion utilizes playground equipment, gift cards and items for our volunteers. We also seek donations of kitchen and cooking gear to be awarded to culinary high school students who participate in Cooking Up Change.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, La Habra, Tustin, Stanton, Orange County, California

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Nutrition
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Youth Development -



Padres en Acción

Padres En Acción,  works within the school community to engage parents to develop effective skills in health leadership, advocacy, nutrition and physical activity.  The parent-led program begins by recruiting 30-50 parents to attend  6 classes over 3 weeks, covering topics in school wellness policy, advocacy, nutrition, and physical activity.  Once trained, these parents directly impact an increase in level of intensity and participation in active recess through parent- led, activity on the playground 3 days per week.  In addition, parents participate in monthly health education meetings and special events that further develop a healthy school community.  It was first piloted in 2009 and today has expanded to 46 schools within the Santa Ana, Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra, Newport-Mesa, Magnolia, and Tustin Unified School Districts. We focus on schools and communities with disproportionately high rates of poverty among its student population. This program is replicable in many environments and we plan to expand to more schools in Orange County.  

Budget  525,000
Category  Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Padres en Accion is welcomed by school principals, district administrators and parents.  It requires the full participation of the principal and school community at each school.  In 2017-18 school year Padres en Accion expanded to reach 46 school sites in Orange County. 1200 Parents have been trained to implement the program and become mentors for others. School principals view the program as a way to improve the school environment, increase parent engagement and improve school wellness.  We expect continued program replication. 
Program Long-Term Success  Participating schools see an increase in physical activity minutes and intensity, a drop in behavior referrals, increase in classroom alertness, improved social skills among their student populations. Parents will develop a 90% improvement in knowledge of nutrition, fitness and health, 90% will become more involved in the school environment, 85% feel more empowered to advocate for their family, increase their families physical activity, improve healthy meal choices, and increase intake of fruits and vegetables. Our long-term objective is for students and parents to transfer the lifestyle skills they learn on the school playground into their neighborhoods. We look forward to continued collaboration-building with neighborhood groups which can be enriched through the parent volunteers and resources of this program.
Program Success Monitored By  Evaluation is conducted pre and post class surveys.  In addition, Kid Healthy conducts a visual evaluation, SoPlay, that measures  the level of intensity of physical activity and the total number of students participating.  We gather the data two times per year and analyze it at the end of the school year.  We will continue to improve and seek effective methods for data collection. 
Examples of Program Success  Principals report that nearly all students participate in organized play during recess when Padres en Accion parents are present, and that there are far fewer behavioral problems that previously were associated with recess. Teachers report that students returning from recess are more alert and ready to learn. Parent volunteers become more physically active while playing with the kids and the students increase the level intensity of play by more than 50%.  The participation in active play increase by 60% or more when Padres en Acción is present.  The children love having their parents on campus and leading them in play.

Cooking Up Change

In 2012 Kid Healthy partnered with Healthy Schools Campaign, based in Chicago, to bring Cooking up Change - a healthy cooking contest to California.  Cooking up Change is more than a contest, it engages high school culinary students from schools in low income communities, in a nationwide program that brings student voices front and center in the on-going challenge that school food service teams face daily.  The program challenges students to achieve change by transforming the school lunch menu.  Each team is partnered with a professional chef mentor to learn about healthy menu development, resources, and culinary skills; in order to lead school food reform.  Each team creates a nutritious school lunch menu under strict USDA guidelines, typical of a school cafeteria.  In addition, the students participate in workshops that teach about the USDA; Farm to Table resourcing; and Public Speaking for Advocacy.  The meals are presented to a panel of esteemed judges, rated on taste, creativity, and presentation.  Winners are announced at a community celebration of student achievement.  The winning team from Orange County travels to Washington, DC, to compete against other regional teams and to speak with legislators about expanding healthy school lunch resources.  Orange County teams have won the national competition six times. A testament to our program strength and local student talent.  Each year the program receives national media attention, the winning teams receive scholarships to seek higher education.  Our goal is to share these meals throughout the region so they can become a part of the regular lunch rotation; offering healthy and delicious lunch options for the entire student population.

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success includes the execution of the annual Cooking Up Change event that will advocate for better nutritional standards in schools, a three-month mentorship between students and professional chefs; internships with local culinary experts; and scholarships toward higher education.  Students learn the importance of daily nutrition, how to create and provide healthy meals affordably, and the importance of advocacy.
Program Long-Term Success  The Cooking up Change program empowers youth to make a tangible difference in their own school communities.  It brings the issue of healthy school food front and center in a creative and educational way.  It offers students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in advocacy on a national scale, visiting Washington, DC, and speaking with legislators. Students learn about the USDA and its place within school food; Farm to Table and the importance of fresh food that include fruits and vegetables; and public speaking for advocacy.  Their menus are well thought out and tested among their peers.  The menus created are shared, offering options to food service directors, that kids will actually eat, with ingredients found locally and in the school cafeteria.
Program Success Monitored By  The success of the program is monitored by professional chefs who provide feedback to program staff, as well as school personnel and the participants themselves. We aim to track fulfillment of scholarship use, jobs attained in the culinary field by participants.  A hallmark of success is the integration of student-created meals into the school menu, meals that exemplify good taste, healthy ingredients and visual appeal.
Examples of Program Success  Examples of success include the successful execution of the Cooking Up Change event for seven years in a row. For 6 years the Orange County team went on to win the national championship in Washington, DC. Winning menus have been served in the House of Representatives cafeteria.  A cookbook of student menus is created each year and shared with Orange County schools for implementation into the school cafeteria.  Currently, 3 school districts have integrated the student meals into the school lunch rotation.  In addition, student taste tests and surveys have been conducted in which students shared positive feedback and their desire for these meals to be served.


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Linda Luna Franks
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Linda began with Kid Healthy in 2011, implemented the first California competition of Cooking up Change, which has produced the national winner for 6 years standing.  She became the Programs Director in 2013, focused on growth and development of Padres en Acción.  Since 2013, the program has grown from 8 school sites to 46 sites.  All aspects of program development and implementation have been refined including: program costs, structure, training content, playground leadership and content, increased parent engagement and parent education events, and outcomes strategies. She has a strong background in program development and management; budget development and management; strategic planning, and communication skills.   Prior to Kid Healthy, Linda served as Regional Sales Promotion Director at Nordstrom, Inc. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Jackie Teichmann Jan 2003 Dec 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Kelsey Kinsey Program Manager --


Award Awarding Organization Year
HEAL Partner of Excellence Kaiser Permanente 2018
Outstanding Community Partner Orange County Health Care Agency 2017
Champions for Change- Champion Agency Orange County Health Care Agency 2015
Non Profit Internship Site of the Year California State University, Fullerton 2015


Affiliation Year
Orange County Funders Roundtable 2016
United Way Member Agency 2016

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Kid Healthy is a collaboration comprised of numerous organizations and actively involved sponsors including: 
Network for a Healthy California
Champions for Change
United Way OC FACE2024
Orange County Department of Education 
OCPICH, Community Action Partnership OC 
Network Anaheim 
Dairy Council
Kaiser Permanente, HEAL Anaheim, and Building Healthy School Communities Project
Aetna Foundation
Northgate Gonzalez Markets
Santa Unified School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, 
Anaheim Elementary School District, 
Newport-Mesa School District 
Los Angeles Unified School District- LA Dept. of Public Health/REACH Project

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 50
Number of Volunteers 1,200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 51
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 53
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair (714) 254-2764 Alan Cortez MD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kaiser Permanente
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2019
Board Co-Chair Alan Cortez MD
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Kaiser Permanente
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kim Benson Gen 2.0 Marketing Agency Voting
Teresa Blanco Northgate Markets --
Alan Cortez M.D. Kaiser Permanente Voting
Justin Daily Daily Aljian Voting
Valerie Fryer OneOC Voting
Clemente Gonzalez Aetna Western Region Voting
Vince Kikugawa President, Food Dude, Inc. Voting
Brenda Steffensen M.D. Pediatrician Voting
Jackie Teichmann Kid Healthy Exofficio
Pam Wnuck Orange County Fair, Culinary Programs --
Mia Wood LA County District Attorney Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $588,000.00
Projected Expenses $525,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 OneOC Audited Financial Statements

2015 OneOCC Audited Financial Statements

2014 OneOC audited Financials

2011 OneOC Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $458,572 $359,465 $214,984
Total Expenses $332,842 $284,903 $178,519

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$201,718 $73,029 $121,562
Government Contributions $139,662 $264,668 $79,500
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $139,662 $264,668 $79,500
Individual Contributions -- $715 $994
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- $35,053 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $2
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $4,909 $5,652 $4,607
Revenue In-Kind $2,667 $4,401 $3,143
Other $109,616 -- $5,176

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $299,695 $244,986 $160,472
Administration Expense $33,147 $239,917 $18,047
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.38 1.26 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 86% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets -- $109,615 --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $125,730 $109,615 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets nan% 0% nan%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

We have attached financial documents pertaining to OneOC since OneOC is the fiscal sponsor of Kid Healthy. When reviewing the financials for Kid Healthy in 2014-2017, we are on a significant growth pattern financially and with programs; we have managed our expenses well and have increased our income significantly.

Foundation Comments

Kid Healthy STEPS is fiscally sponsored by OneOC. 990s on profile belong to OneOC. Financials are specific to Kid Healthy STEPS. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

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