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StarFit Kids™ central mission is to offer accurate and up to date nutrition education that is age appropriate. Furthermore, our program exposes children to examples of how to make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle, while combating childhood obesity and related issues. StarFit Kids will deliver age-appropriate nutrition information to each grade level (K-6th), using a hands-on approach to learning. Using our interactive teaching tools, kids will learn and master the information of the food guide pyramid, food labels, how to compare different foods and make healthy food choices, knowledge of healthy meals and snacks, comprehension of nutrient dense foods, fiber, vitamins, the benefits of being physically active, and how to incorporate these lessons into their families and everyday lives.

Through mastery of these nutrition education skills, the students will increase their knowledge of important nutrition principals to improve their overall health and nutrition status, as well as their self-esteem and fitness level. In addition to the numerous health benefits, we believe the formation of good nutrition and activity habits will lead to decreased sick days from school and increased learning potential.

This is a critical age group for intervention, because 50% of overweight 6 year old children go on to become overweight or obese adults.[ 1 ] We know that obesity has more than doubled over the last 20 years, going from 6.5% to 17% in 2006, in children aged 6-11 years old.[ 2 ] Therefore, by early intervention in the K-6th grade setting, we will impact children’s lives in a positive way to decrease risk for disease in adolescents and later in adult hood. Moreover, by increasing knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices the risk of obesity and the related disease states, such as, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint issues, sleep apnea, social, and, psychological problems will decrease as well.[ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

 

[ 1 ] CDC

[ 2 ] Ogden Cl, Carroll MD, Flegal Km. high Body Mass Index for Age among US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006. JAMA 2008;299 (20): 2401-2405

[ 3 ] Daniel SR, Arnett DK, Eckel RH, et al. Overweight children and Adolescents: Pathophysiology, Consequence, Prevention, and treatment. Circulation. 2005; 111; 1999-2002

[ 4 ] Freedman DS, Zugo M, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS, Dietz WH. Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Excess Adiposity Among Overweight Children and Adolescents: The Bogalusa Heart Study. J Pediatr. 2007;150(1):12-17

[ 5 ] U.S. Surgeon General. Overweight and Obesity: Health Consequences (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/calltoaction/fact_consequences.htm). Rockville:MD. 2001. web siteaccessed june 25, 2008.

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