#Boullah!24/7WgtLoss4Kids Children’s Obesity Fund Sponsors Scholarships for Teens to Participate in fitsmi Online Weight Management Coaching

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The nonprofit Children’s Obesity Fund is pleased to fund scholarships for 10 at-risk teen girls to participate in fitsmi online weight management coaching. The 16-week program includes weekly, live web chats with a Registered Dietitian and guest experts, as well as educational and entertaining “e-lessons” and a private 24/7 bulletin board that helps kids and teens to manage their weight and helps their parents to support them through free online communities and live, online coaching for teens and for parents.

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Harnessing the power of the web and social media, fitsmi enables teens to network with others who are struggling with similar things, share stories and ideas, and support one another in their weight loss efforts.

The Children’s Obesity Fund, cofounded by Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, is providing scholarships for 10 young people to participate in fitsmi Group Coaching , an online weight management program designed especially for teen girls. The first-of-its-kind coaching program was created by registered dietitians in collaboration with adolescent psychologists and experts in obesity treatment and eating disorders. The emphasis is on making sustainable healthy behavioral changes so that success will last a lifetime.

Live, weekly video chats with a coach and other girls will offer the participants both individualized attention and peer support. The group will be coached by a registered dietician who has 20 years experience working with teens, joined by guest experts in fitness, fashion and body image. In addition to the coaching sessions, each week, the girls will receive an interactive, animated, educational “e-session” packed with invaluable information on topics ranging from “Basics of Nutrition” to “Emotional Eating" and a 24/7 private bulletin board where they can get personalized advice from their coach and encouragement from their peers.

The girls also have access to fitsmi.com, a free, online community offering frequently updated expert advice, behavior modification tools, tracking tools and the support and friendship of other girls struggling with their weight.

“How many hours do the kids and teens you know spend on social media every day? A lot. So what could be a better means of helping those trying to make healthier choices?” says Children’s Obesity Fund cofounder Dr. Michael Omidi. “Harnessing the power of the web and social media, fitsmi enables teens to network with others who are struggling with similar things, share stories and ideas, and support one another in their weight loss efforts. My brother and I are excited to give 10 at-risk teens the opportunity to participate in this innovative, modern-day program. We believe it will make a life-changing difference for families who would otherwise never have access to this level of help.”

The effectiveness of weight loss support groups is well established,. They have helped thousands of people to lose weight together. Now fitsmi takes this idea to the next level by offering an amazing coaching program just for teens. While the program is new, it has been very successful helping teens make healthy changes in their eating and exercise habits resulting in improved self-esteem, body image and emotional well-being.

fitsmi group coaching and fitsmi.com are the creation of Life180, Inc., (http://www.life180inc.com) a health media company founded by professionals in the entertainment industry in collaboration with leaders in adolescent and pediatric medicine, psychology, and obesity treatment. Parents can learn how to best help and support their overweight children through http://www.fitsmiforMoms.com, a free online community and through fitsmi coaching for parents, a 7-week coaching program led by a registered dietitian wth support from a mental health professional.

Co-founded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, the Children’s Obesity Fund (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org) hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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