Right now, 23% of adults and 30% of youth are overweight or
obese. And one of the biggest reasons is that people don’t have
access to healthy foods and safe places to play in childhood.
It all starts with good food and fun exercise.
When kids learn healthy food can taste good and exercise can be
fun, they develop lifelong habits that help them fight off
obesity and other health conditions in adulthood. And children
already struggling with a healthy weight can shed pounds simply
by having fun.
Solution: United Way’s Fit Kids project
Our goal is that 20% fewer people in our region will be
But this challenge is too big for one nonprofit to solve
– we need everyone on board. Here’s how we’re going to
accomplish that goal together: We’re creating opportunities for
kids to learn and practice nutritious food choices and exercise
to create a lasting healthy lifestyle.
We’re engaging youth and teens in programs that promote healthy
eating and active lifestyles so they will grow up to be healthy
80% of 1,143 participants have improved in at least one domain on
the school Fitnessgram® test that measures children’s physical
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April 14, 2014Kristina RicciProgram Officer, United Way Fit Kids
We all need physical activity to be a part of our daily routines
to enjoy the health benefits of exercise. With over one-third of
children and adolescents being overweight or obese, this couldn’t
be more true for America’s youth today. The epidemic of childhood
obesity is one of the major health challenges that United Way is
committed to facing and improving to advance the common good.
Initiatives like United Way Fit Kids are
giving children in our region the knowledge, tools, and
inspiration that they need to live healthier lives. Being healthy
is not just about eating a nutritious diet. Exercise is essential
for fighting obesity and improving overall well-being.
Here are my top 5 reasons why kids (and adults too) should get
1. Improves Confidence
Exercise builds self-confidence. Kids who are physically
fit feel good about their body image. They are more confident
when it is time for gym class or sports tryouts. Encouraging
children to play outside and join local teams is a great way to
help them stay in shape and feel good about themselves.
While many individuals rely on group health insurance coverage
from their employer, self employed health insurance has often
been a challenge for many people. Many self employed people find
it difficult to access coverage, particularly if they have
pre-existing medical conditions. When people who work for
themselves can find insurance coverage, it may be prohibitively
expensive or come with a high deductible, leaving these
individuals financially vulnerable if faced with a major medical
#noexcuses is a United Way event with special guest Dolvett
Quince from The Biggest Loser. Dolvett will lead a special
presentation to 300 of United Way’s Fit Kids.
United Way’s Fit Kids project is working on decreasing childhood
obesity through nutrition and physical activity. When kids learn
healthy food can taste good and exercise can be fun, they develop
lifelong habits that help them fight off obesity and other health
conditions in adulthood. And children already struggling with a
healthy weight can shed pounds by simply having fun!
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.
Knowing the causes of childhood obesity can help explain why the
problem is an epidemic in many parts of the world. Many
environmental factors influence the ability and motivation to
make healthy choices, including the following:
United Way California Capital Region helps children and families
live healthier by promoting good nutrition and exercise through
our Fit Kids project. Living a healthier
lifestyle not only reduces medical expenses, but it also boosts
school and work productivity. United Way works with schools and
the community to educate members how to live healthier and make
better choices. Eating a diet rich in the top 10 healthiest foods
helps people achieve and maintain a healthy weight and improve
Blueberries are high in fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. Even
better, polyphenols, which blueberries are high in, have been
to break down fat and prevent new fat cells from forming in the
Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol.
The FDA has approved foods high in oats, or oat bran, to claim
that the food can help improve cardiovascular health in a low-fat
diet. The body digests fiber in oatmeal slowly, so your blood
sugar levels stay even and you stay fuller longer.
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 Fit Kids project, and learned a
hard lesson: It’s hard to get the ball in the basket.
Fortunately, a staff member encouraged him to keep practicing.
“She told me it’s important to have good sportsmanship because
it’s fun and good for you,” Parker said.
United Way Emerging Leaders hosted Bowl for a Cause at Capitol
Bowl on May 17. The night of bowling, fun and good people
was an effort to gain awareness about the United Way Fit
Kids project. Emerging Leaders hopes to host similar additional
events in the future.
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