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MAKING THE GRADE: Developing After-School Activities and Nutrition Programs Kids Love

Fink, Brian Ph.D.; Riddick, Vicki M.A.

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318296dc7b

LEARNING OBJECTIVE Readers will learn how to develop an after-school program that can engage children in fun and educational activities related to nutrition and physical activity. Small budgets can be used to implement such programs for elementary school-aged children in neighborhoods with scarce resources.

The Fit Club program was designed to get children excited about nutrition and physical activity. Lessons were structured to have children see how to prepare foods and taste them as well as get them active by playing “games” rather than “exercising.”

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

Brian Fink, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. He is trained as an epidemiologist and teaches courses in epidemiology and issues in public health. His research interests include cancer, nutrition, and pediatric health.

Vicki Riddick, M.A., is the director of Rocket Wellness at the University of Toledo Medical Center and has worked in the health and wellness field for more than 15 years, specializing in motivating individuals toward adapting healthy living into their everyday lifestyle. She is a certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer.

© 2013 American College of Sports Medicine.