Phoenix Afterschool Centers Focusing on Fitness and Nutrition

Dec. 11, 2013

Fit PHX graphic for news releasesMayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela joined Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) students in action today, along with city partners who support the city’s after school fitness and nutrition education programs.

Students at Tomahawk Elementary in the Cartwright School District participated in a fitness activity and received nutrition education at the west Phoenix PAC site – part of their after school curriculum. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Nutrition Education and Training (NEAT) program, and the state administers it, through the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension – Nutrition Network.

A new FitPHX partnership this year brings the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Kohl’s FIT program to PAC. The program encourages physical activity by tracking mileage and minutes through a website. PAC staff enters the data, following student exercise through fun and healthy activities.

Through the end of November, the FIT program has tracked 1,460 PAC students who have moved more than 180,000 miles, an average of 123 miles per student. Phoenix Children’s Hospital also is providing nutrition education training at city Housing and Head Start sites – 65 children and 185 adults have received 218 hours of classes through those city programs.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s PAC program currently serves 2,200 students at 45 schools around the city. Nutrition, heatlh and fitness are components of the overall PAC Program, which also includes educational enrichment, arts and cultural activities, and sports and games.

FitPHX is a citywide initiative, led by Mayor Stanton, Councilman Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, with the goal of improving health and wellness in the region and making the Phoenix area one of the healthiest in the nation.

The program encourages residents to lead healthier lifestyles, focusing on childhood and adult obesity, nutrition education, active infrastructure, healthy worksites and encouraging the use of public transportation, bicycling and walking. For more information, visit the FitPHX website.
 

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