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Fit ClubTM Program

This after-school and summer program was designed specifically for low-income children ages 4-18 who have continued to gain excess weight even while receiving treatment. Fit ClubTM runs throughout the year and integrates physical activity, nutrition education, and healthy cooking classes/demonstrations for youth who are at risk for childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

We collaborate with Newport-Mesa and Santa Ana Unified to recruit students for the program. In addition, we often receive referrals from CalOptima for the county's most severe childhood obesity cases, which need comprehensive family support. An average of 30 children participates in each afternoon session, and we have reached over 1,000 children since the program's inception in 2009. Fit Club is currently held at the Santa Ana Family YMCA and at Orangewood Children's Home.

Program Results

Our 2010 Fit ClubTM summer program had amazing results, as 87% of children decreased their Body Mass Index (BMI), 15.3% of overweight/obese children decreased their BMI category, and improvements in fitness scores were statistically significant across all measures. Most recently in 2013, 60% of participants improved their BMI percentiles and 100% of children improved in fitness including sit-ups, pushups, and pacer run.