Next Generation Fit Kids (NGFK) works within underserved communities to develop educational programs that empower youth and parents to make lifestyle choices that break the common cycle of obesity. NGFK offers fun programs that teach children (ages 8-15) the positive benefits of healthy eating and exercise.
The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake."
- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move!
launch on February 9, 2010
Obesity by the numbers
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in year 2000, or later, will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems such as, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified unhealthy living and physical inactivity to be the main causes of long term health problems that follow from childhood into adulthood.
The Next Generation Fit Kids Fitness and Nutrition Center will serve families in Detroit’s underserved communities by providing the following services.
- Provide children access to a safe facility, equipped to promote physical activity and other healthy habits
- Educate children about eating healthy and living healthy lifestyles
- Provide children samples and access to healthy foods
Our fitness and nutrition program is for children and adolescents 5-17 years of age, but will also educate and support parents through our parent support group. The comprehensive program will promote behavioral changes by implementing five integrated components.
- Education - learning healthy habits and how to make healthy choices
- Nutrition - focusing on healthy foods: meals, snacks, cooking, and grocery shopping
- Physical Activity - promoting healthy bodies, minds, and social interactions
- Self-Confidence - cultivating a positive self-image
- Parent Support Group - establishing a network of peers for inspiration and support
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