Greater Richmond Fit4Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s health by offering innovative programs that promote physical activity and healthy eating in schools, community organizations, and beyond. Our vision is to continue to grow our programs, show success and sustainability, and to inspire schools and divisions to adopt and lead their own ongoing wellness programming.
Game On, Girl!
Adolescent girls engage in physical activity significantly less than their male counterparts. Girls’ activity levels may drop by as much as 83% as they transition through adolescence – and they miss out on vital physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of regular physical activity. To tackle this gender disparity, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids launched Game On, Girl!–a comprehensive initiative to empower adolescent girls to be physically active, nutritionally fit, and ready to take on the world! Game On, Girl! has three components: Game On, Girl! Middle School: A 10-week, after-school program for middle school girls to learn to enjoy a wide variety of sports and physical activities, fuel their bodies for success, and be effective leaders in their communities.Girls with Goals Leadership Academy: A year-long fellowship for 20 high school girls to develop leadership skills by advocating for more opportunities for adolescent girls to engage in sports and physical activity. Game On, Girl! Summer Summit: A 3-day camp for middle and high school girls to explore traditional and nontraditional sports and physical activities, while being mentored by female athletes in a fun, unique setting.
The Fit4Kids Wellness Integration Program empowers classroom teachers to incorporate movement and health promotion messages into the classroom. Fit4Kids Wellness Integration Specialists, who are certified teachers, develop lively lessons that incorporate physical activity into any subject. Lessons are based on Virginia Standards of Learning and are available online to any interested educator.
Fit4Kids learning gardens and cooking classes feed students' appetite for hands-on, delicious fun! Learning gardens engage children in planting, growing, harvesting and best-of-all, tasting fresh, flavorful food- changing the way children feel about vegetables. At many schools, gardens are complemented with monthly cooking classes where children become mini chefs and learn to whip up healthy meals and snacks. Getting kids into the garden and kitchen at a young age will inspire them to develop healthy eating patterns for life.
Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children
Fit4Kids leads the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, a coalition of more than 20 organizations working to reduce and prevent pediatric obesity. Some of our initiatives include: installing 20 salad bars in Richmond Public Schools, leading “Safe Routes to Schools” initiatives to teach bike and pedestrian safety, promoting healthy hydration through our new “Sip Smarter” campaign, and providing teacher training on making the most out of recess.