Get Healthy with Fit Kids
Working together to fight obesity
Obesity is one of the most preventable causes of chronic disease in the United States. Such diseases include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and even cancer. In the year 2010 alone, 36.1% of the children in the Sacramento County were found to be overweight or obese. Many socioeconomic factors contribute to this phenomenon, including lack of access to safe and secure playgrounds, food deserts, and the high availability of non-nutritious foods.
Our Fit Kids project aims to address the obesity issue by providing nutrition education and physical activity to children in high-need and low-income neighborhoods.
Fit Kids is implemented in a variety of settings from elementary schools to afterschool programs and local community centers. Every Fit Kids program is unique depending on the student population it caters. However, all Fit Kids sites track students’ progress through the Fitnessgram®, the same fitness assessment tool used in schools.
Since 2009, 82% of our 3,371 participants have seen improvement in at least one area on the Fitnessgram® assessment.
Lessons may include cooking classes, nutrition education, and physical activity play to ensure children are equipped with the tools they need to make better informed decisions and live a healthier lifestyle.
To learn more about each Fit Kids program, check out our Health funded partners.