Fit Kit Fundraiser
Fit Kids was founded in January 2011 to provide low-socioeconomic children with opportunities to be physically active. Our mission is to provide structured physical activity programs to underserved children to build the foundation for a healthy, active life. Physical activity provides a myriad of life-changing physical, mental and social benefits to all children. One of the most important benefits of physical activity is that it serves as preventative medicine by reducing the risk of obesity and related diseases. It is much easier and more effective to prevent unhealthy weight gain than it is to reverse it later.Children who are active will:
In addition to enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better, are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges, work well with kids and adults, and generally have a better outlook on life. Research has also shown a strong correlation between physical activity and improved academic performance.
At Fit Kids, we recognize that physical activity is an essential component of every child’s healthy development. Despite the universal benefits of physical activity, far too many children do not have access to structured physical activity programs due to limited financial and neighborhood resources. As a result, the number of physically active children around the country is declining from almost 29% in 2011 to 24.8% in 2016. Unlike their peers in neighboring higher-income communities, too many underserved children simply do not have safe, available parks to play in, meaningful physical education programs in school, or organized after-school sports programs to help them be active. Fit Kids programs address this opportunity gap and ensure that underserved children have essential opportunities to be active and enjoy the incredible benefits of physical activity.