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Kid’s Fit

Linking Children at Risk for Obesity with Fitness

Obesity has been identified as a top health concern in Montgomery County, especially for African Americans and Latinos. More than half of Montgomery County residents and more than 65 percent of Prince George's County residents are overweight or obese.

In fiscal 2012, 141 children participated 5,288 times in Kid's Fit. The average participant is nine years old and the majority are African American and Hispanic. Learn more about Kid's Fit in the 2012 Community Benefit report.

Obese children are at greater risk for cardiovascular, orthopedic and other health problems later in life. Healthy lifestyle habits including good food choices and physical activity, however, can lower a child's risk of becoming obese and developing these chronic conditions.

With extensive experience in women and children's health, Holy Cross Hospital devised a fitness program targeting the reduction of childhood obesity. Kid's Fit is a free multi-component after school program that is specially designed for children ages 6 to 12.

Offered in partnership with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, this program reaches children at four Housing Opportunities Commission sites and the Silver Spring Boys and Girls Club.

Classes meet for one hour twice a week at each location, and include exercise, healthy lifestyle tips and a nutritious snack. It's a fun mix of activity and health education that helps children understand the importance of taking care of themselves.

Each spring and fall, program participants undergo fitness assessments using the evidence-based President's Challenge program.

 

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Holy Cross Hospital | 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 301-754-7000