Advocate Children's Hospital Tackles Childhood Obesity with New Program

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Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn is taking steps to fight the growing childhood obesity epidemic by partnering with ProActive Kids (PAK) Foundation to provide a FREE program for kids and families to improve their health. The program uses fun ways to improve a child’s health through weekly physical exercises, lessons, assignments and discussions over an 8 week session held at the Advocate Children’s Hospital campus in Oak Lawn.

Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn is taking steps to fight the growing childhood obesity epidemic by partnering with ProActive Kids (PAK) Foundation to provide a FREE program for children struggling with their weight.

"We have experienced tremendous success in our first three sites in DuPage County, and have seen strong results for the children and families that have completed the program. We are excited to be partnering with Advocate Children’s Hospital to deliver our program to the residents of Oak Lawn,” said Anthony J. Burke, ProActive Kids Founder. “We appreciate Advocate Children’s Hospital work in the community and are proud to be teaming up with them on this critical health concern.”

Advocate Children’s Hospital and ProActive Kids offer a winter, spring and summer program. PAK is now enrolling kids for its winter sessions, scheduled to begin on January 28. Kids and families are encouraged to enroll in the program at http://www.proactivekids.org. A referral from the child’s primary care physician is required.

“Childhood obesity is one of the most pressing public health issues we face, so we’re very excited to offer a ProActive Kids site,” said Tania Kelly, Director, Residency Pediatric Community and Advocacy, Advocate Children’s Hospital. “It’s important to bring a program to the families we serve and confront this issue head on. ProActive Kids is a program that aligns with our mission and one in which we can actively participate.”

ProActive kids are engaged in a variety of PAK PLAN activities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for eight weeks: PAK Fitness, PAK Nutrition and PAK Lifestyle. Each educational lesson and fitness activity is designed to motivate kids to make healthy choices, while instilling positive behaviors they can use for life. On Fridays, PAK reinforces the importance of family by inviting members of the child’s family to show support by participating in the three PAK PLAN activities to learn how they, too, can benefit from and make healthier lifestyle changes.

For more information, or to enroll or refer, please visit http://www.proactivekids.org.

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