FITKids program promotes healthy choices for junior high students

AL!VE is pleased to bring FITKids to local 7th and 8th grade students. Fitness Initiative Targeting Kids, FITKids, uses fun, engaging and creative activities to help young people make healthier choices regarding nutrition and physical activity. The eight-week program is 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 19.

Students from mid-Michigan middle or junior high schools are invited to participate. Space is limited to 48 participants and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The initial program, valued at $134, is free to the participants. Parents can call (517) 543-9575 to register their child for FITKids and to sign up for one of the orientation sessions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, or 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at AL!VE. A student pre-assessment will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12, also at AL!VE.

During the FITKids program, students will be split into three teams that will rotate between stations focused on physical activity, nutrition education and healthy snack preparation. There will be two FITKids parent events, including one where the students teach what they are learning. Students will also be oriented to MOVE, the fitness center at AL!VE, and taught how to use the equipment properly and safely.

Students who successfully complete the entire program will earn a 10-month membership to MOVE on behalf of AL!VE’s Founders Circle members. As part of their donation, the gift of a MOVE membership is to be given to a qualified person within the community.

“Sharing this benefit with the students who meet the FITKids program requirement allows them to continue on their path to a healthier life and reflects the spirit of the Founders Circle generosity,” said Barbara Fulton, HGB director of community development.

FITKids is a collaborative effort between Sparrow Health and Wellness, MSU Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition Department and Charlotte Public Schools.

“We are going to use Sparrow’s FITKids’ curriculum so we can see how the results differ when the program is taught in an integrated, experience-based facility like AL!VE,” said Patrick Sustrich, AL!VE executive director. “We will also work closely with MSU to analyze the outcomes for our participants. We will use that information when tailoring future, similar programs.”

More information on the FITKids program can be found at lansingfitkids.com