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Fit Kids: A Free, After-School Fitness Program fighting obesity, and building confidence. Simple.

Childhood Obesity will help bankrupt our healthcare system if we do not fight back. Physical activity is a natural weapon to fight obesity. Research suggests that physically active children grow up to be physically active adults, so let’s get kids moving through an innovative, free, after school youth fitness program that simply makes fitness fun! By teaching children at a young age that fitness can be fun, and allowing ...more »

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Improving Children and Family Health through Principles of Inclusiveness in Public Schools

Imagine public schools where all parents—particularly those of students at-risk—are actively involved in implementing habits and interventions that result in healthy children and families. How can we bring this vision to reality? I have identified 15 principles of inclusiveness to increase parental involvement in public schools. Based on these principles, I propose to identify and document the best inclusive practices ...more »

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Health and Fitness Family Style (How to survive and thrive in a "food desert")

A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute says 1 out of 5 Philadelphians are in poor or fair health due to smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and excessive drinking. Most residents have limited access to recreation sites and healthy foods since they live in "food deserts" where they have to travel more than a mile to the nearest supermarket and is ...more »

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Extrinsic Reward System to Guide the Quality of Children's Nutritional Choices

Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity requires cultural change in how kids value food. We propose a method of making the nutritional merits of food irresistible, much as traditional marketing methods did for unhealthy products. Our game, Fitter Critters, won 2nd place in Let's Move's Apps for Healthy Kids (http://is.gd/lrn7fN), and a study by U. Mass Medical found it significantly increased self-efficacy and positive ...more »

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Sleep, it does a body better than good, it does a body great!

We have forgotten how to sleep well. As a result, we are fatter and sicker (more heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and mental illness) than we have had in the past. The situation is made worse with the invasion of portable technology (smartphones) by keeping everyone and especially young people up later when they should be asleep. Enter the Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE), a specially trained allied health professional ...more »

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ReNew Life: Free Weight loss Program for Adults & Children (Exercise, Behavior and Diet Therapy)

ReNew Life is a free weight loss program for adults and children. The goal is provide active training and education in order to transform the home into a healthy living environment. It is a 16-week program that people apply for on-line. EXERCISE PROGRAM - 1st 5 weeks Acceleration Training -increase physical activity and to initiate fat loss; 2nd 5 weeks Specificity; Last 6 weeks- assist individuals in developing ...more »

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Project PAWS: Partnering with Pets to Achieve Wellness

Pediatric obesity is a serious public health concern. The numerous medical sequelae of obesity are well known, but the psychological impact is often less considered. Prejudice and bullying are experienced by many overweight youth. As a result, overweight teens suffer disproportionately from psychological symptoms and diminished quality of life. Therefore, it is imperative that pediatric obesity be effectively managed. ...more »

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Empowering Teachers to Battle Childhood Obesity

Children spend most of their time at school but physical activity opportunities have been declining nationwide and the problem of childhood obesity remains unmitigated. Modern approaches call for integration of physical activity in the academic classroom throughout the school hours that can increase physical activity levels, improve cognitive and academic performance and motivate students to be both active and learning. ...more »

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Make Healthy Eating and Exercise Fun and Exciting for Kids at the Earliest Possible Age

Rip a page out of McDonald’s play book using their marketing strategies.Get kids excited about healthy eating and exercise at the earliest possible age. Known fact: Taste buds have memories. The foods kids eat from 12 to 30 months will usually be the foods THEY WANT TO EAT for the rest of their lives. To accomplish that goal, we have created a cast of cartoon characters called the VEDGE’ Kids (Vigorous, EDucated and ...more »

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UniBody Fitness (U.B.Fit)

U.B.Fit is a new patented fitness product that would allow the user to receive all the benefits of lifting weights while doing a cardio workout. It would also allow patients a comfortable low impact means of providing resistance during rahab. It will be the most effective device to provide resistance during rehab, walking, running, doing aerobics, riding, on a treadmill and more. And because it attaches directly to the ...more »

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Cable TV, V-Chips, Advertising to Kids, & Childhood Obesity

Municipalities should leverage their cable franchising powers to compel cable companies to enable V-Chips with the ability to block ads to kids, a leading contributor to the childhood obesity epidemic. Because of this epidemic, for the first time in US history, the coming generation will have a lower life expectancy than its predecessor. With the federal and state governments unwilling or unable to intervene, it's left ...more »

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