The ANNIKA Foundation is a proud partner with SPARK, the leading physical education program for children in schools. We’ve helped grow the SPARK message and mission of lifelong wellness to include 400 schools (and counting) across Florida and Arkansas, impacting thousands of kids. The ANNIKA Foundation believes that by reaching directly into the schools, we can instill good health and nutrition habits in our youth, and that those habits will lead to a lifetime of benefits.
SPARK offers programs in four major content areas: Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health. More than 45 research publications have validated SPARK’s effectiveness, and it is the only National Institutes of Health-researched program that has been determined to positively affect youth activity levels, fitness, sport skills, enjoyment and academic achievement. In addition, SPARK has been honored as an Exemplary Program of the U.S. Department of Education, and cited in a Surgeon General’s Report as a “school-based solution to our nation’s healthcare crisis.”