FAN4Kids is a school-based program that teaches and reinforces healthy choices that empower children to make smart decisions about their eating and fitness habits. FAN4Kids educates children, involves parents and mobilizes the community. It’s a model that results in sustainable changes in lifestyle habits for all!
FAN4Kids is a simple yet comprehensive program dedicated to educating children and their parents about healthy eating and fitness. FAN4Kids instructors teach hands-on, interactive nutrition and fitness lessons every week of the entire school year. Our instructors spend full days in our schools, supervise recess and become an integral part of each school community. When FAN4Kids is in a school, healthy habits grow organically. FAN4Kids makes being healthy a fun lifestyle habit.
Nutrition Lessons cover a wide variety of topics and encourage students to eat a good balance and variety of real foods, as opposed to strict diets or harsh rules. Students learn to make smart choices about food and to be mindful about what is healthy versus not-so-healthy. They learn not to overload on sugars, overly processed foods and unhealthy fats. Through frequent food tastings, with food purchased in each schools’ neighborhood, our students are introduced to a variety of tasty, healthy foods and adopt healthier options within the diverse cultures we serve.
Fitness Lessons are active and fun with a focus on developing aerobic capacity, improving fitness level and learning specific skills that benefit all children, like balance, core strength and coordination. This gives students the confidence to move and play in and out of school and to enjoy and seek out physical activity.
FAN4Kids recess is led by our instructors and is a vital part of the FAN4Kids program that has become a favorite of both kids and schools. It includes all students regardless of “ability,” provides more structure and keeps children extremely active. After a FAN4Kids recess, students return to the classroom more focused and less disruptive.
Parents and caregivers play a huge role in their children’s health. FAN4Kids instructors work and communicate directly with student’s parents through workshops, family fitness events and newsletters. Our parent involvement ensures that FAN4Kids messages reach beyond the school walls and into the children’s homes resulting in healthy kids, healthy families and healthy communities. Please join our parent activities, we want you as part of our team!
Interactive fitness-based workshops with nutritional education and food tastings which cover topics including: Eating Healthy on a Budget, Healthy Cooking, How to Eat a Balanced Diet, Healthy Snacks & Lunches, Pleasing the Picky Eater, Navigating the Supermarket, Decoding the Food Label, The Importance of a Healthy Breakfast, and more.
These quarterly newsletters provide healthy recipes, articles on eating well, staying fit and healthy as a family, healthy habits, cost-free activities in students neighborhood and answers to parents’ wellness questions.
FAN4Families/Family Fitness Days
Biannual family, fitness & fun celebrations featuring: multiple fitness activities, contests, healthy food samples, nutritional demonstrations, handouts and music. These celebrations include parents, children, siblings and school staff.
FAN4Kids knows that the fight against childhood obesity “takes a village.” That’s why we collaborate and partner with local retailers and businesses, local and state political leaders, hospitals and medical facilities, colleges, and other non-profit organizations. United we will win the battle!