Michael Torchia Launches Children's Fitness Academy, Building a Curriculum for a Healthier Generation One Child at a Time

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Children's Fitness Academy (CFA), a brainchild of Michael Torchia, renowned health and wellness expert, is an innovative resource that public schools across the country can use to implement health and fitness education programs (http://www.childrensfitnessacademy.com). CFA's team of professional fitness and education experts work with schools to revise and update physical education programs as well as provide informative and engaging seminars on career opportunities in the health and fitness arena. This program is designed to be inline with the guidelines set for by initiatives such as those proposed by the Governor's Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity in California and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Children's Fitness Academy (CFA), a brainchild of Michael Torchia, renowned health and wellness expert, is a new innovative resource that public schools across the country can use to implement health and fitness education programs (http://www.childrensfitnessacademy.com). CFA's team of professional fitness and education experts work with schools to revise and update physical education programs as well as provide informative and engaging seminars on career opportunities in the health and fitness arena. This program is designed to be inline with the guidelines set for by initiatives such as those proposed by the Governor's Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity in California and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

A recent and important national educational trend has been the creation of new, small high schools and the conversion of large high schools into "small school learning communities." The personalized learning environment of small schools has been proven to better support students' individual needs and learning styles while improving academic achievement, attendance, college-going rates, social behavior, attitudes, student-teacher relations and other outcomes.

CFA's Five Objectives:

1) To facilitate the design and implementation of small high school programs that support career exploration in the fields of health, nutrition, fitness and sports.

Their team of business, educational, fitness and medical experts share a vision of helping students avoid a lifetime of obesity and risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome-X by building sound nutritional and fitness habits conceived by the CFA Model. CFA has the realistic opportunity to help students to go on to post-secondary experiences that will enable them to make a difference in their communities by becoming leaders in their chosen fields.

2) Proper implementation of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program.

Work collectively with the partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. CFA's intent is to create and encourage school districts to provide safe and educationally enriching alternatives for children and youth during non-school hours. CFA's team members will work along with staff members who directly supervise students and make sure they meet the minimum qualifications of an instructional aide in that school district.

3) Redesign the Physical Educational and Nutrition Programs for all public elementary and high schools across the country.

CFA will implement well-structured and educational Physical Education (PE) and Nutrition programs designed on modern principals of heath and wellness. The CFA designed "Healthy Kids Project," will educate children and their parents on how to establish proper eating habits specifically addressing and providing knowledge of risks of obesity, anorexia and bulimia. Included will be a new program, "Creative Cooking and Food Preparation," this fun and easy to follow program will help children learn how to make great tasting and highly nutritious meals with their favorite foods. They will learn the importance of making proper food choices, what to eat when they are on the run, at a friend's house, parties and fast food restaurants.

4) Redesign existing Sports and Fitness Facilities and laying out new indoor and outdoor facilities for new schools.

CFA will assist in developing state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Facilities for public elementary and high schools. "Career Fitness Academies" goal is to level off Childhood Obesity by 2010 and see a decline by 2015. Having access to before and after school programs in a well-monitored facility will increase activity and interaction levels in a healthy and safe environment.

5) SHAPE UP AMERICA, A Revolutionary Concept To Help Children Live Healthier Lives.

CFA proposes to design and install recreational health and fitness facilities across the country. SHAPE UP AMERICA Centers will include computer labs with monitored Internet access. These centers will service children and adults of all races, cultures, in all the communities throughout each city access to up to date information about health and wellness. Both children and adults will learn how to exercise correctly, eat well, and play sports in a fun, educational and entertaining way.

The SHAPE UP AMERICA program is designed to give children and adults the ability to avoid the catalysts to eating disorders, develop strong social interaction skills, establish a leadership mindset and learn healthy eating habits.

OPERATION FITNESS™ Offered at SHAPE UP AMERICA Centers

CFA's "Operation Fitness™ Program" (http://www.operationfitness.com) for children and their parents. This program is designed to teach people how to exercise properly, eat right and create healthy lifestyles. Although centered on the physical results, the program ultimately is designed to increase motivation and improve self-esteem. The all-around effect is an equal balance of feeling good mentally, emotionally and physically.

The centers will consist of certified experts in the various fields of fitness and sports conditioning, motivational training, nutrition, and overall health and wellness. Centers will be located close to schools in residential communities that are easily accessible for children and adults.

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