Children spend half of their waking hours and consume up to half of their daily calories in school. Thus, schools are an ideal setting for teaching young people how to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Fit4Kids’ Partner Schools
Level of education attainment, poverty, and race are associated with higher levels of obesity and inactivity. For example, nearly 33 percent of adults who did not graduate from high school are obese, compared with 21.5 percent of those who graduated from college. Lower income levels translate into higher rates of obesity and related diseases. Also, African American children and adolescents have higher rates of obesity than other ethnic groups. Because of this higher need, the majority of Fit4Kids’ programs target diverse and low-income communities. Specifically, seven of our nine partner schools have a Title I designation, indicating a high percentage of students qualify for free / reduced lunch.