The Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition aims to combat the childhood obesity epidemic by educating parents and children about the importance of health and wellness. It is funded through a grant from the William Swanston Charitable Fund, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.
The Fitness Lifestyle Challenge is a free 6-week fitness program for students ages 7-15 that was created by Akron Children’s Sports Medicine Center. It consists of fun, non-competitive games and physical activity designed to teach the importance of physical activity and nutrition. This program requires a registration form. Held at area YMCAs and community centers, it also includes a parent nutrition session, presented by a nutritionist.
The Fitness Coach program is designed for children with at-risk health concerns to improve overall wellness in order to promote long-term healthy lifestyle changes. It includes an individualized assessment of physical activity and nutritional needs, personal short-term and long-term goal setting, positive lifestyle changes, and recurring interaction, encouragement, and motivation. This free program requires a registration form, and age is pending individual assessment.
Fitness Club is a free monthly fitness program for students ages 7-18 that involves peer physical activity, education, and motivation in a non-judgmental group setting. It promotes healthy habits, helps increase awareness of an active lifestyle and a balanced nutritious selection of food, and encourages the group to actively participate as a team. This program requires a registration form. Held at area YMCAs and community centers, it also includes periodic nutrition sessions, presented by a nutritionist.
The Eat Right and MOVE! program is a 6-week nutrition and activity challenge that takes place at area schools during the 2016-17 school year. It consists of a walking challenge, nutrition education, incentives for the students, and a parent/child session that includes activities and a health education presentation about the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating.
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