Discovering Fit Kids of Arizona
Fit Kids of Arizona, part of Northern Arizona Healthcare, helps kids and their families learn about healthier ways to live. Today, thousands of kids in the area are learning how to take better care of themselves, eat better and become more physically fit — and they're having a blast.
Helping kids become healthy and fit early on
Our two programs are designed to motivate kids and educate families on developing and maintaining healthy habits.
Fit Kids at School: This program increases opportunities for physical activity and basic healthy lifestyle education to 12,000 students at more than 20 participating schools throughout Northern Arizona.
Fit Kids Clinical Program: Our clinic team provides one-on-one education and support in making small, healthy changes to last a lifetime. Through consistent, flexible appointments with each practitioner, families learn how to improve their health and receive support in making goals for change. The clinical program is available at no cost to children with an elevated body mass index, and their families.
Impact of childhood obesity
- More than 12 million American children are obese — one out of every six children.
- Obese children have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are both risk factors for heart disease.
- Obese children are at increased risk of being bullied and suffering from depression, while a healthy diet and physical activity in childhood is associated with better mental health.
- Obesity can also cause sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and chronic health conditions such as asthma and type 2 diabetes.
- More than 200,000 youth under the age of 20 have type 2 diabetes, and many more are at risk for developing diabetes.
- Almost two-thirds of American youth consume a sugary beverage on any given day.
- 91 percent of American children have poor diets and less than half get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
- A quarter of American high school students (24.7 percent) watch three or more hours of television on an average school day.