Listed by state, program name, organization and city.
WHAM! Wellness, Health, Action & Motivation Program
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, Arkansas
The WHAM! (Wellness, Health, Action & Motivation) program is designed to combat obesity in America through an innovative program for children between the ages of 6-18. Trained and experienced staff from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Department of Clinical Nutrition will teach children how to live a healthy and active life. Students will be challenged to decrease their overall BMI (Body Mass Index) through weekly group physical activity classes. The program also provides participants and their families with interactive classes on healthy eating.
Antelope Valley Children Aiming for Long-Term Health
Partners in Care Foundation
San Fernando, California
Antelope Valley Children Aiming for Long-Term Health is a work-shop based program dedicated to teaching children the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. The 20 culturally sensitive workshops will empower 500 children between the ages of 5-12 with tools to prevent and better manage chronic diseases. The program will also engage participants in the development and implementation of a health fair. Operated out of the Care-A-Van Mobile Health Clinic, the program serves children and families in an isolated rural community with high poverty rates, inaccessibility to health services and a high incidence of diabetes and obesity.
Building Better Bodies (BBB) Program
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Chula Vista, California
The Chula Vista Elementary School Districts’ Building Better Bodies (BBB) Program provides fitness, sports and health information for students in K-6 grade. In the fitness program, students move around a circuit completing fitness challenges and reading messages about healthy lifestyles and behaviors. The program is also being adapted to serve special needs children, who tend to be less active because of their disabilities.
Orange County Kids on Track Through Fitness and Nutrition Program Orange County On Track
Santa Ana, California
This program promotes fitness and nutrition through programming offered during and after school. Kids on Track Through Fitness and Nutrition serves primarily urban, Hispanic, under-served children from 6-12 years old. The program provides a variety of classes and activities including one-hour a week of PE, activities during lunch and recess, weekly nutrition education, a structured mentoring program as well as nutrition and fitness professionals who track students’ progress and medical staff that focuses on obesity prevention.
Rock La Fleche Health and Nutrition Education Service Learning Program
Alameda County Office of Education
The Rock La Fleche Health and Nutrition Education Service Learning Program engages students from 12-17-years old to positively impact their communities through service learning. The students will teach younger elementary school students about health, nutrition and fitness. Participants will work with classroom teachers and program coordinators to plan programs, identify key audiences, and design nutrition and physical activity workshops. The students will present workshops to more than five elementary schools in their community.
CATCH Kids Club (CKC)
South Suburban Parks and Recreation
The South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s CATCH Kid’s Club (CKC) is an after-school and summer recreation program that equips children between the ages of 5-12 with knowledge and skills to make healthy dietary and physical activity decisions. The program will train at least 30 staff members and elementary physical education teachers in the CKC curriculum. The program will also engage students in weekly physical activities and provides a nutritional component that teaches children and their families about the value of eating low-fat, high-fiber foods.
Get Up, Get Out, Get Active!
WGCU Public Media – Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, Florida
Get Up, Get Out, Get Active! (GUGOGA), is a TV/Web children’s series on healthy nutrition and fun physical activities for students between the ages of 5-10. In an effort to reach out to the region’s Hispanic and Caribbean population, the TV/Web show will expand its programming to include segments featuring nutritional foods and physical games and activities that are culturally specific. In addition, an interactive workshop for ten after-school programs in predominantly Hispanic and African-American communities will also be held. The program goals are to increase physical activity as well as the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains that children eat.
B.E.S.T. Moves! (Boys Exercising to Strengthen and Tone)
B.E.S.T Academy at Benjamin S. Carson
The Boys Exercising to Strengthen and Tone, also known as the B.E.S.T. Moves! program, targets African-American boys from 11-14 years old, who are from low-income neighborhoods and who typically aren’t exposed to health and nutrition information, and don’t have access to exercise equipment. The program is designed to increase the boys’ level of physical activity, teach them how to make nutritious food choices and help them learn how to reduce the risk for health issues such as diabetes. B.E.S.T Moves! will also work with the family members on activities including monthly family fitness nights.
Live Well Idaho: Encouraging Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Idaho Students
McCall Outdoor Science School
McCall Outdoor Science School’s Live Well Idaho program will develop a healthy and active lifestyle curriculum for students attending a five-day residential, outdoor science program. Over 600 5-7 grade students each a year, along with teachers and parents, will participate in exercise and healthy eating initiatives. The program, which targets low-income students, is based on the notion that students learn by doing. The program combines classes in nutrition and fitness as well as collecting, analyzing and discussing health and fitness data.
Get Smart At Alta Sita Elementary
East Side Health District
East St. Louis, Illinois
The East Side Health District’s Get Smart program is designed to increase awareness among Alta Sita Elementary school students, faculty and parents about how to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program uses the popular CATCH curriculum to enhance PE classes with the goal of increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity by 50% or more. Another goal is to increase student participation in the school breakfast program and increase the amount of fruits and vegetables students eat, while lowering their intake of sodium and saturated fats. The program utilizes existing school partnerships including the Illinois Department of Public Health, East St. Louis School District 189, parents, school food service vendors, volunteers and the community-at-large.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Head Start
This Head Start is program focuses on food, nutrition and fitness for low-income children between the ages of 3-5. The program will train teachers how to better incorporate nutrition and fitness education into their classrooms. The program also target parents to help them cook healthier meals and encourage physical activity at home. The program serves up to 550 students.
ReCharge! After School
Wright Medical Center
ReCharge! is a nationally-recognized nutrition and physical activity curriculum. Wright Medical Center is offering ReCharge! at its Connections after-school program, which includes a sizeable number of low-income Hispanic/Latino students from 5-13 years old. Adding the curriculum to the program will provide students and their families with the knowledge they heed to make healthy food choices and engage in regular physical activity. Officials say the program is a priority in rural west central Iowa, which has limited access (outside of schools) to health and fitness programming and to recreational amenities such as walking/biking trails, playgrounds, swimming pools, etc.
The CHASE (Cushing Health and Self Esteem) Program
Cardinal Cushing Centers, Inc.
The CHASE (Cushing Health and Self Esteem) Program helps youth between the ages of 6-18 with cognitive disabilities improve nutrition, self esteem and fitness. Students in this special-needs residential school participate in nutrition/cooking lessons and fitness and nature trail challenges. The program uses the outdoors as a way to help students learn how to be fit for life, while the nutrition activities involve cooking with caring adults who serve as role models.
Springport Public Schools
The Growing Together program uses an agri-science nutrition garden at local schools to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity among youth. The garden is a five-acre stretch of land that provides elementary school students attending summer camp with a means to learn healthy eating habits in a hands-on environment. In addition, students participate in at least four hours a week of physical activity. Older students who become “certified nutrition trainers” are required to teach at least two hours of nutrition education each week to elementary students and spend five hours working in the garden with students. Officials say the program “… connects youth with where their food comes from, giving them ownership of what they are eating.”
Bolder Options Healthy Habits Program
Bolder Options’ Healthy Habits is a youth mentor program designed to help children set and accomplish healthy lifestyle goals. Children participate with their mentors in weekly runs and bike rides. They also complete monthly community bike rides or 5k races and receive a membership to their local YMCA. In addition, Bolder Options holds educational meetings for children to learn about nutrition, fitness and making positive choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle. The program, which serves children between the ages of 10-14, is expanding to North Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.
Champions for Healthy Charter School Kids
North Point Health and Wellness Center
Northpoint’s Champions for Healthy Charter School Kids program will provide research-based nutrition and fitness programming at three Minneapolis charter schools, where students have high rates of poverty and obesity. The program will incorporate nutrition and fitness activities into the school day as well as modify lunch menus to meet the caloric intake and health and nutrition recommendations of the USDA Food Pyramid. Students are expected to increase their knowledge of healthy food choices by 50-percent and increase their level of activity by 20%. The program serves 850 students between the ages of 5-14.
Stand Up Participate
Asian Media Access Inc.
The Stand Up Participate program works with Asian American and Pacific Islander young people from the ages of 12-18 by helping them maintain a balanced diet and exercise through fun and interactive activities. Participants will take part in creative movement, hip-hop dance and the digital arts. They will also tell their personal stories of obesity vs. healthy body image through the training and the skills they learn.
Fueled and Fit Kids!
University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi’s Fueled and Fit Kids! program provides children between the ages of 6-18 with nutrition education classes, giving them knowledge that will aid in the development of healthy lifestyles. Program officials say many of the state’s chronic health issues are related to poor diet and physical inactivity. The program, operated out of Oxford’s Boys and Girls Club, also provides students physical activity equipment as well as guidance and support. Participants will also host and take part in a 5k walk/run. The program will assess students’ nutrition knowledge, dietary intake and level of physical activity.
Prepare and Share
Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis University’s Prepare and Share program teaches children between the ages of 11-15 how to prepare healthy foods. The goal of the program is to have students confidently plan, purchase, prepare and serve a nutritious meal to family members or teachers. Students will also create a personalized fitness plan. In addition, they will participate in a community cooking demonstration. The students will work out of St. Louis University’s foods lab and will help prepare meals for the Campus Kitchen program, which delivers meals to needy residents.
Teen Champions for Health!
Kansas City, Missouri
Working with high-school and elementary-school students, the Teen Champions for Health! program is designed to improve young people’s knowledge of basic nutrition and improve their eating and physical activity habits. In addition, the program gives high school students the opportunity to serve as health role models and leaders to younger program participants through volunteerism and community service. Students will take part in healthy living classes and will be challenged to improve at least three eating habits and at least one physical activity habit. The program partners the school district’s high-school service club with an after-school program for elementary school students.
Boys and Girls Home of Nebraska/Kearney
Ride-2-Give is a nutrition and fitness program that gives juvenile offenders the chance to learn about healthy living while participating in a 175-mile charitable bicycle ride for Multiple Sclerosis. The participants will perform acts of community service in Kearney in order to earn money to take part in the ride. The purpose of the program to instill good eating and exercise habits in young, at-risk 12-18 year olds and to instill a sense of accomplishment by participating in a challenging event. Officials say “Ride-2-Give is a program that expects greatness from kids without many expectations.” In addition to participating in the ride, participants will take classes to learn about proper nutrition and bicycle maintenance as well as train for the ride.
Eat Your Dots
Vineland Public Schools
Vineland, New Jersey
Eat Your Dots is a self-service lunch program that promotes healthy eating habits for K-12 grade students in Vineland Public Schools. School menus are labeled with color-coded dots that correspond with the USDA’s child nutrition food components. Students select several dots to build a balanced meal. The program empowers students to make their own decisions when it comes to eating a balanced diet. Participants will learn why each food group is important as well as the importance of physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle. Children will keep a diary to mark their progress over time. The program will serve up to 9,545 students.
Fresh Beat: Youth Nutrition, Film, and Movement Project
City Harvest, Inc.
New York, New York
City Harvest’s health and fitness program in New York is a unique blend of learning, investigation and performance. The Fresh Beat: Youth Nutrition, Film, and Movement Project, aims to increase physical activity in young people from ages 12-18. The program incorporates nutrition, cooking and fitness for young adults. Students also create both a movement-based performance piece and a documentary film that explore food, fitness, and environmental factors that effect overall physical health.
A Kid Grows in Brooklyn – Weaving 10,000 Steps and 5-a-Day Into our Curriculum and our Lives
PS 132, The Conselyea School
Brooklyn, New York
The A Kid Grows in Brooklyn program helps students embrace life-long practices that support a healthy lifestyle. The program is directed at students from ages 4-11 years old, 30% of whom school officials say are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The program, which is part of the school’s curriculum, focuses on increasing students’ daily consumption of fruit and vegetables, hands-on food experiences as well as engaging students in physical activity through a walking program in which everyone in the school receives a pedometer to help get them started.
You’ve Got the Point!
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York
You’ve Got the Point! is designed to increase the consumption of healthy foods and the level of physical activity in as many as 400 Bronx children and their families through a unique incentive points program. Every week, each family member adds his or her points to the family’s total to quality for incentives. The program goal is to get children and their families to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink six cups of water a day, partake in physical activities for an hour a day and reduce time spent in front of the television and computer. The program, a partnership between Montefiore Medical Center and the Montreal Jewish Community Centre, also known as YM-YWHA, targets the Bronx, where 27% of residents are overweight.
Fort Bragg’s Fit Families
Womack Army Medical Center
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Fort Bragg’s Fit Families is a family oriented education program designed for overweight children from 8-14 years old. The program provides participants with an interactive environment that facilitates positive, healthy lifestyle changes through nutritious eating and regular physical activity. All family members are involved in the program to help reinforce and motivate children to incorporate the skills and knowledge they learn into daily living. The goals of the program include incorporating at least 30 minutes of daily exercise into children’s routines, increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in children’s diets and helping children learn how to read and use food labels.
Durham, North Carolina
The High Five! program targets children from 3-18 years old and their parents who live at Genesis Home, a transitional family homeless shelter. After experiencing the challenges of homelessness, the program will re-focus young people on the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle. It is based on research showing that poor children will experience obesity and malnutrition at higher rates than other children. High Five! features a six-week curriculum that engages shelter residents in fun, hands-on activities. Program goals include increasing weekly physical activity by 25% and increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables and water by 50%.
Hunger to Health
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Raleigh, North Carolina
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Hunger to Health program aims to combat hunger and obesity among youth between the ages of 2-18. The program empowers low-income families by helping them make life-long changes in their food and lifestyle choices. The program features hands-on cooking and nutrition courses, nutrition and cooking demos, meals and other activities and events. The program serves up to 500 children and their families.
Take Charge Weight Initiative
Guildford Child Health, Inc.
Greensboro, North Carolina
The Take Charge Weight Initiative is a physician-monitored weight management program for children between the ages of 2-20 and their families. Participants will receive nutrition and lifestyle counseling, free YMCA memberships, pedometers, active toys and other incentives to help encourage more active lives. Participants will also be involved in age-appropriate exercise classes during the year.
Spirit Lake Tribe Special Diabetes Program
Spirit Lake Tribe
Fort Totten, North Dakota
The Spirit Lake Tribe Special Diabetes Program in Fort Totten, North Dakota, which targets American Indian girls between the ages of 11 and 15. The cardiovascular education program is designed to improve students’ heart health, increase endurance and provide exposure to a variety of aerobic exercises. Students also learn how to maintain a healthy weight and cook healthy foods. The Spirit Lake Reservation is a small, rural community in northeast North Dakota.
Akron Area YMCA Activate America-Nutrition (AAYMAA-N)
YMCA of Akron Ohio
The Akron Area YMCA Active America-Nutrition program (AAYMAA-N) has added a nutrition component to a successful physical activity program for children from ages 6-10, who attend after-school programming and for disabled children attending the Rotary Summer Camp. The program is the first YMCA-based nutrition program in Ohio. It provides physical activity or nutrition classes, focusing on healthy foods to eat and how to purchase and prepare healthy meals. Programming is offered 30 minutes a day, five days week at 35 sites.
Famicos Youth Development Program
Famicos Foundation’s Youth Development Program helps children between the ages of 5-17 years old become more physically active as well as make better nutrition choices through the expansion of a youth gardening program and healthy cooking classes. In addition, students will take part in designing and constructing a new playground, and will participate in a new “walking ambassadors” program. The hands-on program is designed to teach young people about their bodies, nutrition and science, and provide them with tools to make lasting changes in their eating and exercise behaviors.
Fit For The Future
Columbus Recreation and Parks
The Fit For The Future program promotes healthy lifestyles for children with disabilities between the ages of 12-18 by teaching them good nutrition and physical fitness habits. Program officials say less than 10% of people with disabilities participate in daily physical activities. The program is designed to promote healthy mental and physical development as well as help students avoid the early onset of poor health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Head Start Program
Opportunities, Inc.’s Head Start Program works with children, their parents and Head Start staff to increase their knowledge of the benefits of physical activity and proper nutrition. The program works with children to increase their motor development and nutritional knowledge. The program is one of three in the state invited to use the “I am Moving I am Learning” curriculum.
Food Facts and Fun!
Pennsylvania State University 4-H
University Park, Pennsylvania
Food Facts and Fun! is a new foods and nutrition program for 4-H and other groups. The program for children from 8-18 years old focuses on food safety and labeling, fun physical activities and nutritious recipes for meal planning. In addition, participants will be able to track their progress through record keeping. The program serves up to 10,000 students.
Healthy Choices, Healthy Me!
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! is a two-year, after-school program to help children between the ages of 7-10 and their families improve their eating and exercise habits. The program provides an age-appropriate nutrition and exercise curriculum that offers fun, interactive sessions for numerous schools throughout the area. It also features the Family Calendar: A Daily Nutrition & Exercise Guide that provides families with helpful tips for healthy eating habits, daily nutrition reminders, and guidance for meal planning. The program also provides DVD’s that introduce students to a variety of different types of exercises that can easily be incorporated into a daily workout routine.
Healthy, Smart, Nutrition and Activity Choices for Kids (SNACK)
Lancaster Recreation Commission
Healthy, Smart, Nutrition and Activity Choices for Kids (SNACK), assists children from ages 5-13 develop healthy eating and exercise habits by engaging in fun, educational activities that stress good nutritional choices and the life-long benefits of exercise and active play. Children participate in six sports/exercise activities in five-week units. They also make healthy snacks once a week and receive take-home recipes for their parents. Families will also receive nutrition and fitness information through family sessions and hand-outs. The program will accommodate 750 participants.
Quality Community Health Care, Inc.
The Mission: Nutrition program is a workshop-based health initiative for low-income children between the ages of 5-18 at five community health centers. The weekly workshops educate students on healthy eating and fitness, and assist them in making behavior changes through goal setting. Program goals include getting students to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as increasing physical activity. Family members will participate in nutrition counseling session.
My Garden Vegetables
Hosanna House, Inc.
The program uses hands-on gardening to promote vegetable and fruit consumption, and physical activity. More than 750 low-income, urban children work with dieticians and gardeners to grow produce, create garden art, visit community gardens and farmers’ markets, and chart the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat. The program will use the MyPyramid for Kids model to promote healthy eating as well as encourage 45 minutes of exercise through gardening three time each week.
PHIT Club (Physical Activity + Health Improves Thinking)
Conemaugh Valley School District
PHIT Club (Physical Activity + Health Improves Thinking) is a program offered during and after-school designed to improve students’ fitness and health. PHIT Club aims to reduce the number of overweight students from the current level of 36%. The program includes team-building activities, nutrition classes including cooking demonstrations and food journals, and physical activities with an emphasis on games that students can play with their families. Participants will also be given pedometers to help them complete 10,000 steps per day. Program goals include increasing the amount of physical education (PE) time in school, increasing students’ consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and providing incentives that get parents involved in family health and wellness activities.
Early Start to Healthy Living
Horry County First Steps
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Early Start to Healthy Living is a program for 3-5 year olds, designed to address the rising level of obesity in young children. The program provides students a fun, innovative nutrition education program, daily physical fitness activities and a variety of tools to learn healthy lifestyle habits. The program also connects families through a newsletter and journals.
CAA Head Start
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency, Inc.
The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency’s Head Start is a health and fitness program that proactively addresses childhood obesity. The Head Start program will expand to address the individual needs of children by introducing the “I Am Moving I Am Learning” curriculum. The program aims to increase the amount of time spent doing physical activity and to encourage healthy food choices including fruits and vegetables. The program will reach 1,036 children between the ages of 2-5.
KidVENTURE: A Journey to Eat Smart, Play Hard, and Have Fun!
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
KidVENTURE: A Journey to Eat Smart, Play Hard, and Have Fun! is a health and fitness program directed toward children between the ages of 10-12 enrolled in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The program provides hands-on opportunities for low-income children to learn how to eat healthy and be physically active. The program takes an interactive approach that incorporates action-packed activities and recipe preparation. Program goals include getting children to eat breakfast more frequently, eat more fruits and vegetables and increase their consumption of calcium.
Nutrition Education Activity Training (NEAT)
Knox County Health Department
The Nutrition Education Activity Training (NEAT) program promotes healthy eating and living for up to 700 students between the ages of 6-12 in Knox County, where it’s estimated that 39% of children are overweight or obese. The program educates students about healthy eating habits and provides them with increased opportunities for physical activities. NEAT is a collaboration among the Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department, the Tennessee Nutrition Consumer Education Program and the Knox County Health Department.
CAPS Healthy Habits Project
Austin State Hospital
The CAPS Healthy Habits Project program is the first of its kind for children and adolescents who are patients at a Texas state hospital. The program incorporates intensive health and physical activity as part of the mental health treatment for patients, ranging in age from 4-18 years old. Program officials say many of their patients have never seen fresh fruits and vegetables or participated in a physical activity program. Program goals include increasing physical activity such as group sports, exercise and gardening to 30 minutes a day, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten and increasing patients’ knowledge of healthy eating habits as well as helping them maintain or lose weight. Officials say increasing physical activity, promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing positive self-worth will help young people improve their emotional health.
Eat Smart, Play Smart in Alief ISD
The Eat Smart, Play Smart program promotes healthy living for elementary school children in the Alief school district. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to maintain a healthy mind and body through cooking lessons that will be added to health classes. They will also increase their level of physical activity by participating in the “TAKE 10” activity program and participating in walking/running clubs. Campuses across the district will create short videos of healthy cooking lessons that will be posted on their website to share with students’ families. Alief is one of a handful of Texas school districts to have designated health and nutrition classes for elementary students.
P.L.A.N.T. Gardens – Preschoolers Learn About Nutrition Through Gardens
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The P.L.A.N.T. Gardens program focuses on low-income, primarily Hispanic and African-American 3-5 year olds who are enrolled in the Head Start program. P.L.A.N.T. Gardens provides these young students with a new, healthier menu that introduces them to fruits and vegetables that they are unfamiliar with such as broccoli. Through the interactive gardening program, students will be able to take part in physical activity as well as gain a greater knowledge of healthy foods available to them and their environment.
Project HEART - Healthy, Enthusiastic, Active, Remarkable Tots
Judge Carmen Kelsey Pre-Kindergarten Academy
School of Excellence in Education
San Antonio, Texas
Project Heart teaches young students from ages 4-5 the benefits of healthy eating habits and daily exercise to prevent obesity and childhood diabetes. The program promotes good self-esteem through positive motivation.
Childhood Obesity Task Force
Thomas Jefferson Health Department – Childhood Obesity Task Force
The Childhood Obesity Task Force will introduce, train and implement the CATCH curriculum in after-school programming in two school divisions in Charlottesville and Albemarie County Schools. Program goals include reducing the rate of increase in overweight students by regularly measuring BMI, increasing awareness among elementary school students about ways to eat healthy that are affordable and fun, increasing the level of daily physical activity as well as increasing the community’s awareness of resources that are available to students that support healthy lifestyles on a budget.
Families, Food, and Fun
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network’s health and fitness initiative called Families, Food, and Fun, provides low-income families with training to improve nutrition and overall health. Families learn about food selection, preparation, nutrition, physical fitness as well as basic life skills. Parents learn in the classroom along with their children. In addition, the program supplies each family with basic cookware, healthy recipes and sports equipment.
Champions for Healthy Kids with Disabilities: A Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Mentoring Program
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Champions for Kids with Disabilities: A Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Mentoring Program is offered through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The program serves disabled young people between the ages of 5-18 by pairing them with mentors who help teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and nutrition education.