Fit to be Kids Expanding to Further Promote Healthy Living and to Help the Fight against Childhood Obesity

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Fit to be Kids specializes in fitness, nutrition, and life coping skills for low-income/at-risk and special needs children and their families, and it is expanding to be able to accommodate more people in their programs.

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I have seen countless fitness programs across the U.S. and can confidently say that Fit to be Kids is by far one of the best programs for health and wellness I’ve ever seen.

Fit to be Kids (fit2bekids.com), a nonprofit organization specializing in fitness, nutrition, and life coping skills for low-income/at-risk and special needs children and their families, just announced that it is expanding to be able to accommodate more children and their families in their fitness programs. “We’ve experienced such support and success in the results of our fun fitness and afterschool programs that we are growing to fulfill the need,” said Shae Gawlak, founder, president, and CEO of Fit to be Kids.

Fit to be Kids offers:

  • Fit ‘n Fun Club – a free year round, 120 minute Saturday program at local area parks providing fitness, nutrition, and goal setting.
  • Earn-A-Bike (spring) – an eight week after school program that provides each child the opportunity to “earn” a bicycle of their own.
  • Earn-A-Sport (fall) – an eight week after school program giving each child the opportunity to “earn” the opportunity to participate in a sport or activity with one of our community outreach partners.
  • Summer Day Camp – a summer long camp with a sports clinic, water games, arts and crafts, as well as local field trips to the zoo, bowling, YMCA, and more.

For those children, in California and Colorado, who participate in our free two hour Saturday Fit ‘n Fun Club, they have the opportunity to participate in annual Fun Runs, 5k’s, and Walks and Trots events offered through the surrounding cities. The children can also attend fitness and nutrition field trips to experience martial arts, swimming, gymnastics, yoga, Zumba, soccer, cooking classes and tours of local organic farms and healthy grocery stores (Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Choice, and others).

“I have spent the past 13 years promoting and teaching physical education at both the public schools as well as at the university level,” said Dr. Terry Olson, Ph.D., physical education pedagogy professor. “During that time, I have seen countless fitness programs across the U.S. and can confidently say that Fit to be Kids is by far one of the best programs for health and wellness I’ve ever seen. It offers a unique blend of mind-body-spirit practices not only for the at-risk children it services, but for their families as well.”

“It is well known that the obesity problem and epidemic in America is of primary importance for the health, safety, and lives of our children and their future,” said Dr. John Charles Loo, pediatric cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente-Orange County, CA. “As a pediatric cardiologist, I see the obvious current effects of obesity causing childhood hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, amongst affecting many other areas of the body, physically, mentally, and socially. Fit to be Kids is an amazing organization whose heart and soul beats to solve this problem, starting with individuals and affecting a community. This combined with the hard work and sweat through fun activities and teaching, is a wonderful formula for success.”

For more information about Fit to be Kids, please go to fit2bekids.com or call (949) 235-3539.

About Fit to be Kids                                                                                                                                                    
Fit to be Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit organization specializing in fitness activities, nutrition counseling, and life coping skills for low-income/at-risk and special-needs children and their families. The organization’s health and wellness curriculum is designed to educate the public and to provide a local resource for reducing health risks of childhood obesity. As an active member of the South Orange County Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force, through St. Joseph’s Health at Mission Hospital, Fit to be Kids is dedicated to providing physical education and nutrition solutions to under-served communities, as well as elementary schools throughout South Orange County California and Jefferson County Colorado. Fit to be Kids programs incorporate mind-body-spirit practices that provide children and families with life-long skills. Fit2bekids.com.

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