Nutrition and Fitness for Life
Because overweight adolescents are at high risk of becoming obese adults, BMC has created an environment in which young people can exercise and learn about nutrition while feeling safe and not stigmatized. Through Nutrition and Fitness for Life, physicians, psychologists, dieticians and exercise physiologists work toward this goal. The program helps children and their families make broad improvements in fitness and eating through physical activities, behavior modification and assessment of related medical issues.
A community-based component of the program is FANtastic Kids (FAN standing for fitness and nutrition), which operates at community health centers in Boston’s inner city and has had more than 1,200 participants. The YMCA has become involved as a partner. Nutrition and Fitness for Life has also developed Healthy Me, a prevention program for elementary students, and the Corner Store Initiative, which works to get affordable and healthful beverages in middle school cafeterias and nearby convenience stores.
Learn more about Nutrition and Fitness for Life at their official website.