Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition

Healthy Kids Coalition

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 and offering fun, noncompetitive group exercise opportunities. 

The Fitness Challenge Program:

The Fitness Challenge Program is free of charge for children ages 6-18, runs from July through December 2017, and involves a collaboration between Children’s and four area wellness centers located in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. This program requires a registration form and consists of two aspects: the Fitness Coach and the Fitness Club. 

The Fitness Coach 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. Participants and their parent(s) or guardian(s) complete a pre-assessment with the Fitness Coach, and then meet with the Coach on a regular basis (typically once a month) to continue working on their wellness goals. Incentives are provided as goals are achieved.

Fitness Club is a free weekly group exercise class that participants are eligible to attend once he/she has completed their pre-assessment with the Fitness Coach. These classes involve fun, noncompetitive activities such as circuit training, games, use of fitness equipment, and swimming. Incentives are provided periodically throughout the duration of the program. Classes take place every week during a designated day and time at four area community centers listed below. 

For more information regarding the Fitness Challenge program, please contact Melody Case, Youth Fitness Specialist, at, 330-729-1391, or 330-746-8716. 

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