We’re working to reduce the number of overweight people in our region by 20%. It all starts with access to healthy food and exercise.
Our FIT KIDS project is one program helping us reach this goal. With a focus on good food and fun exercise, we’re engaging foster youth and teens in programs that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles so they will grow up to become healthy adults.
So far: 82% of 3,371 participants have improved in at least one area on the school Fitnessgram® test that measures children’s physical fitness.
Additionally, United Way’s Healthy Meal program will be providing thousands of children with healthy after-school meals and snacks every day. These meals and snacks give them the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.
The mission of United Way Healthy Meals is to dramatically increase the consumption of well balanced, nutritious meals by children in United Way California Capital Region’s service area in order to achieve its goal of a 20% increase in the amount of children living a healthy lifestyle in five years.
All meals served through the Healthy Meals Program are made with high quality ingredients, minimally processed and nutrient dense. They are void of artificial preservatives, coloring, flavoring and high fructose corn syrup.
We are currently serving over 800 meals a day in at risk after school programs in Sacramento and Placer counties. These meals are served at all five elementary schools in the Robla School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Placer County.
In September 2014 the Healthy Meals Program served 15,758 healthy meals in 6 after school programs.
United Way’s Fit Kids project creates opportunities for kids to create healthy habits that will last into their adulthood. Youth and teens are engaged in programs and 1:1 group counseling to promote positive behavior, healthy eating and physically active lifestyles all in effort to fight what this video calls – bubble trouble.
Parker was a serious basketball fan. At just 8 years old, he saw the Sacramento Kings in the newspaper and started looking up their scores after the games. Soon he had the basketball bug and wanted to learn to play.
Parker joined YMCA Superior California’s after-school program, which is funded by United Way’s health initiative that includes our Fit Kids project. He learned a hard lesson: It’s hard to get the ball in the basket. Fortunately, a staff member encouraged him to keep practicing.