Fitness for Kids, a non-profit program dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, has been helping shape up Switzerland's youth for the last 5 years, but is finally coming to America.
Started by six-time Mr. World Fitness, Franco Carlotto, the program will visit elementary schools nationwide to teach children and parents how to live healthier. In a statement, the fitness professional and founder described the program as "revolutionary", saying:
"This program is a unique way for kids, parents and teachers to sync up to accomplish one goal — get kids to live healthier lives from an early age on with the simple principals of Attitude, Activity, and Nutrition. Fitness for Kids is revolutionary in design, but simple in execution."
Considering obesity rates for both children and adults are the highest they've ever been in the United States, we sure hope this program is as wonderful as it sounds.
Along with support from celebrity Program Ambassadors at events, certified Fitness for Kids instructors will teach children between the ages of 5 and 12 how to keep a daily fitness journal by logging both healthy exercise and nutrition.
The program kicked off this week in California at Tarzana Elementary School where women's boxing champ Laila Ali and her NFL star husband, Curtis Conway, acted as Ambassadors for the organization.
Along with instructors, the celebrity athletes performed Fitness-Check's for each student to evaluate their fitness levels, which they will test in 6-8 weeks when they return for "The Check-Up Event."
We're definitely on board with Fitness for Kids' vision and wish the organization the best of luck as they attempt to inspire the next generation to take better care of their bodies!
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