Children’s Obesity Fund is proud to support programs and organizations that make a difference in the lives of the children we love.
Mountain Meadow Elementary School serves kindergarten through fifth grade students in Buckley, Washington (approximately 45 miles southeast of Seattle). Its mission is to ensure high levels of learning for every student preparing them for future success.
fitsmi group coaching and fitsmi.com are the creation of Life180, Inc., a health media company founded by professionals in the entertainment industry in collaboration with leaders in adolescent and pediatric medicine, psychology, and obesity treatment. Parents can learn how to best help and support their overweight children through http://www.fitsmiforMoms.com, a free online community and through fitsmi coaching for parents, a 7-week coaching program led by a registered dietitian wth support from a mental health professional.
The Goal4Health Youth Soccer League is a Christian community youth soccer league for kids ages 4-12 and a separate league for adult women living in the San Bernardino area. The soccer league runs from March through June with activities for both kids and parents to promote healthy living and building community. Children participate in weekly soccer practice and games while parents and family members attend healthy living activities to learn about health, nutrition, and exercise. Goal 4 Health is a part of Loma Linda University’s program called Community-Academic Partners in Service which provides university students, faculty, and staff opportunities to give back to the local community.
The Youth Activity League for Riverside, CA is the brainchild of Sylvia Hernandezis the founder of several sober living facilities serving mothers and their children in and around the Riverside area. Hernandez suffered with addiction and struggled to care for her own children for many years. Following her own journey of recovery, she now channels her energy into providing homes for women who suffer from the same degenerative substance dependence.
The Obesity Prevention Center for Children & Youth instills a solid foundation of new exercise and eating habits with at-risk overweight and obese children ages 5-16 years old, teaching them how to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Young people with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), a medical measurement of body fat, are a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure which are all risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Children with weight problems often become adults with weight problems and experience a lower quality of life and a shorter lifespan.
The New City School was first established in 2000 as a charter school by two public school teachers to serve the diverse and bilingual Long Beach community. As one of the few language immersion schools in the school district, New City School has a student population of 430 kindergarten through eighth grade students, half of which are English language learners. The playground will not only serve the New City School students during the regular school day, but also during the afterschool program.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
is one of the busiest children’s hospitals in California, serving nearly 1.2 million young people in the four county area of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is a Level One Trauma Center with more than 275 beds just for kids. Every year, the skilled hospital staff treats more than 15,000 young patients during overnight stays and over 160,000 children who come in for ambulatory care. The facility has one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the world, provides specialized medical treatment for pediatric cancer patients, and is a pioneering heart transplantation center.
Above the Rim Gym
is a basketball academy for kids between the ages of 7 and 17. With childhood obesity reaching near epidemic proportions, it is important to have programs like this which help encourage physical fitness and promote valuable life skills, including team work, leadership, organization, respect and self discipline.
The program’s goal is to study the effectiveness of faith-based programs in creating behavioral changes that effectively combat obesity. The CHHIL program is sponsored by UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville’s Center for Health Equity and Quality Research. Twenty-six churches in the Jacksonville area are participating, with the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church serving as the study’s base.
GIRLS ON THE RUN
Girls on the Run International is a 501(c)3 organization that currently serves more than 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North American every year. Recently, the organization has been featured in many media stories within People, Runner’s World, Glamour, Self, and O Magazine and on news programs such as NBC News, CNN, ABC News, NPR and ESPN. Molly Barker, MSW and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, founded Girls on the Run in 1996.
Gardenworks for Kids programs provide children from preschool to fifth grade with the opportunity to learn about horticulture in a small and intimate garden setting. The kids are able to learn about all aspects of planting, including its history, the proper tools, beneficial and predatory animals and insects, how to pot plants, different species of plants, and how to bring the fruits of the garden to the table.
SOUTHWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
People Water donated more than 500 bottles of water for school children and staff. For every bottle of People Water consumed, the company donates water to an area where clean water is scarce and sorely needed.
ChopChopKids has reached thousands of children and families through their quarterly magazine, ChopChop. ChopChop magazine publishes healthy, kid-friendly, and culturally-diverse recipes for inexpensive meals that are fun to prepare as a family. The magazine is distributed to schools, after-school programs, community centers, and other locations that are likely to reach children and their families. Fifty percent of all United States pediatricians’ offices subscribe to ChopChop magazine.
The USDA is committed to working with students, parents, school administrators, and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines which will make it easier for America’s young people to make healthy choices.
The dancing classroom program inspires students in more than 500 schools in 19 U.S. cities. It was founded in 1994 by ballroom dance champions Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau. The popular film Take the Lead was based upon the experience of Pierre Dulaine teaching ballroom dance to high school children. In addition, the 2005 documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom featured a dancing classroom program in New York City
KID-FIT – The KID-FIT Preschool Health and Fitness Organization is the new non profit arm of KID-FIT which began in 2002 when founder Michele Silence decided to use her fitness education training to help preschools and daycare centers implement early physical education programs. Today, KID-FIT provides preschools all over California with effective, age appropriate and tested fitness and nutrition curriculum. In addition to providing preschools with fitness education resources, KID-FIT offers family early fitness courses for health clubs and gyms.
Precious Lamb Preschool – Precious Lamb Preschool, Inc. (PLP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 and committed to providing children and families facing homelessness with free early education and care. PLP serves families in the Long Beach area who have experienced domestic violence, crisis pregnancy, substance abuse and are homeless. The families are residents of shelters or transitional programs. At no cost to the family, the young children benefit from a full day of developmentally appropriate preschool program while parents participate in their rehabilitation, job training or educational programs.
PHIT America – PHIT America consists of an alliance between companies, organizations, and celebrities concerned about the obesity epidemic that works to increase public awareness of the costs of obesity. These 130 corporations, individuals, and nonprofits that include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, and the United States Tennis Association are concentrating on galvanizing a nationwide fitness movement to stem the tide of obesity in America. By providing the public with the latest scientific data and healthy solutions, it is their goal to put an end to our sedentary, processed food-dependent culture and to instill the importance of active, healthy lifestyles in men, women, and children in the United States.
Children Today – is an early child care program that caters to homeless families that seek to build a stable future. It began in 1997 as an advocacy program designed to help the homeless children, whose particular needs had been overlooked by other nonprofit organizations and public programs.
The Children Today Play Houses offer early education services as well as day care and meals to children between the ages of six weeks and six years. In addition to preschool education, Children Today assists families with providing their children with basic healthcare, mental healthcare and special education services, as well as providing aid with locating permanent housing and furnishings.
Next Up Foundation – The Next Up Foundation is a grassroots foundation dedicated to helping underserved youth overcome their challenges to become successful and flourish. Its primary mission is to serve as a resource for young people in underserved communities, providing guidance through action sports activities, supplying free athletic equipment, mentoring and supervision. Next Up Foundation’s purpose is to help kids reach their full potential, inspiring them to lead healthy and successful lives while providing habit-forming exercise activities and social interaction through the sport of skateboarding. The organization also provides after school and summer mentoring programs that teach life skills that involve skateboarding.
for Hope – for Hope offers programs for young people and single parents designed to help them become successful, happy and healthy members of society. These programs include academic workshops, driver’s safety courses, career guidance and preparation, artistic/creative enrichment classes and health and nutrition courses. Single parents can receive guidance with child care, finding employment, continuing education, purchasing a home and financial planning.
I AM Foundation – The I AM Foundation seeks to empower children and adults to make a positive difference in our world by publishing and gifting books and music with inspiring messages. The Foundation’s signature publication, “The I AM! Affirmation Book” has been gifted in more than 50 countries and has been being translated into tens of languages. Founded in 1998 as a 501(c)3 educational non-profit, the I AM Foundation’s goal is to instill billions of children and adults with a healthy self-image, teach them to love and feel loved, and suggest ways to positively contribute to one another. This domino effect creates a better world for generations to come.
LET’S MOVE! – Let’s Move! is a campaign started by First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity in the United States. The initiative has the goal of “solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.” The campaign encourages healthier food in schools, better food labeling and more physical activity for children. Let’s Move! seeks to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
The Children’s Obesity Fund does not accept monetary donations, but instead encourages contributions be directed to charities also dedicated to children’s health.