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Detroit MI, (9/1/15): 75 plus overweight children and their families will tie up their running shoes and putting on a team t-shirt for Fit Kids On the Move in the D. These families will be representing Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program and Fit Kids in a local downtown 5K fun run Saturday, Sept. 5. The event, “In the Cut” will be attended by over 70 Fit Kids and their families trying to make healthy behavior changes in their lives. The families have been attending the On the Move program (see more below) for 11 weeks and will be doing their first 5K with the full support of many Detroit organizations. Sponsors for the On the Move in the D program include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Wayne State School of Medicine., W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Networkingout, Junior League of Saginaw Valley, Health Net of West Michigan and ESP printing located in Eastern Market. It has truly been a great Detroit collaboration of sponsors.
FitKids360 is an 8 week childhood obesity intervention program that targets children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have a BMI in the 85th percentile or above. FitKids360 meets once a week for two hours for eight weeks and teaches families how to live healthier. The program curriculum is taught by a social worker, registered dietician, and movement expert and includes about 45 min. at least of exercise per week. Once participants complete the FitKids360 program, they are eligible to participate in the On the Move program.
On the Move is an extension of FitKids360 and is a “couch to 5k” program aimed at further helping the families of overweight or obese children that have completed the FitKids program. The On the Move program is an 11 week program that meets once a week to train as a group for a local 5k walk/run. Each week, families meet at Children’s Hospital Specialty Center and walk to Tolan Playfield in Detroit, where participants run a pre-determined length of time and by the end of the program, they are prepared to walk/run a 5k. At the end of the training, families run a local race in August together, which is a major highlight of the program. On the Move in the D is the local Detroit On the Move program and is running the “In the Cut” race on Sept. 5 at 8:00 a.m.
The On the Move program seeks to ensure that each family is successful by providing a weekly training guide that has been broken down by ability so that families can train for the race at home. A registered dietician is also at every meeting to teach participant how to properly fuel their bodies for exercise. Also, many community volunteers come to help support the participants. Two leaders are assigned to every team and additional volunteers assist with warm-ups and cool-downs and are there to encourage participants and to build lasting relationships. Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program is able to provide many options for the family with wrap around services as well.
“Children today face a grim future of higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues, cancers and shorter life spans as they grow up in today’s fast-paced world. Keeping kids active and healthy into adulthood is even more important today than ever before. The FitKids On the Move program is a great example of how a community can come together to provide greatly needed opportunities for families and children to learn how to be active, how to exercise, and in this case how to run. Many organizations have joined to provide this program, free of charge, in extension for our 7 week FitKids360 programs they have finished. The plan is not end at8 weeks, but to keep them going, yet learn an activity skill (running) they can continue with for years to come,” said Dr. Teresa Holtrop, Chief Medical Officer of the Wayne Children’s Heathcare Access Program.