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Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
FitKids 360 Program Director Wins Spirit of Detroit Award
DETROIT, April 23, 2018 – The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (CHMF) is proud to recognize Krista Siddall, Director of Programming and Operations at Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program (WCHAP), for her receipt of the 2018 Spirit of Detroit Award.
The Spirit of Detroit Award recognizes people, events and organizations for their outstanding achievements and services to the citizens of Detroit.
Siddall was nominated for her exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and her dedication to improving the quality of life through the FitKids 360 programming. FitKids360 is an eight-week healthy lifestyle program for children ages 5 to 17 and their parents. This program combines basic education about nutrition, behavior and exercise with a wide range of physical activities to help participants develop healthy habits, eat better and become more active.
“FitKids 360 has grown leaps and bounds in the last few years,” says Krista Siddall, director of programming and operations at Wayne CHAP. “We continue to have a waitlist of 200+ children, and offer numerous supplemental programs. I am extremely honored and humbled to have received this award.”
Siddall began FitKids 360 in 2012 at a small church gymnasium. To date, the program has served over 1,500 families and holds three classes a week, including a curriculum exclusive in Spanish for families in Southwest Detroit.
“Michigan ranks among one of the highest in the nation for obesity rates,” said Lawrence J. Burns, President & CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “We are extremely proud of the success FitKids 360 has made to decrease obesity among children and families in the community.”
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation proudly supports FitKids 360 and other programs to support the health and nutritional wellness of children in Michigan.
Pictured above: Krista Siddall, Director of Programming and Operations at Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program
About the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Established in 2003, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is the state’s largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of the children of Michigan. Through funding and advocacy dedicated to three core pillars – Community Benefit, Pediatric Research and Medical Education – the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health. Since 2011 we have provided more than 40 million in grant funding. Our current areas of focus include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention.