The program offers lessons on fitness and nutrition that include fun games and healthy snacks for the students and teachers to enjoy. Fitness testing measurements taken at the beginning, middle, and end of the program include height, weight, waist and hip measurements, blood pressure, and heart rate. These measurements are used to gauge how the program helps students make improvements in their overall health.
What is Provided
LifeFit provides school staff with all food, equipment, manuals, and handouts needed to implement the program during the first semester. During the second semester, they are given lessons to teach. At the end of the year, they are given the complete LifeFit manual so they can continue to teach incoming students about making healthier lifestyle choices.
Parents are asked to attend four simple parent workshops that are based on the “We Can” curriculum from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) parent program. The objective is to give parents tools to use in the home to keep their children on track and to encourage children to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity. Biweekly newsletters and other handouts are sent home to keep parents informed about what their children are learning and to encourage their support.
All program expenses are covered through grant funding.