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What is Get Kidz Fit?

GKF Logo with girl hula hoopA free, fun-filled extravaganza,
now in its tenth year, presented by the Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity (DACPCO) designed to educate children and their families on wellness and nutrition while engaging them in a range of healthy lifestyle activities.GKF 3 stack pic 2017

Attendees learn about nutrition and exercise through healthy cooking demonstrations and sporting activities that include:

Rock-climbing Obstacle Course Basketball Golf

Tennis Rowing Jump Roping Aerobics/Zumba

Volleyball Soccer Strength & Conditioning and more

At booths, stages and Fitstops, a diverse group of volunteers and sponsors provide hands-on opportunities for kids to learn by doing, experiencing simple and fun ways that families can incorporate physical activity and nutritious eating into day-to-day life.

Get Kidz Fit … because “We must immunize children against obesity early on to give them a chance to start out right. The good news is that we can incorporate activity and healthy eating into children’s lives at any age at any time and make a difference.” Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H

Founder and Chairman, Cooper Aerobics Center

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View Photos from 2016 Get Kidz Fit Fest!!

Why Get Kidz Fit?

  • Childhood obesity in the U.S. and North Texas is of great concern. An overweight adolescent has a 70 percent chance of becoming an overweight or obese adult. Weight-related diabetes has increased dramatically. It is estimated that one-third of all children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
  • Dallas students are at greater risk of overweight and obesity than U.S. students.
  • In 2011, 36 percent of Dallas high- school students were overweight or obese compared to 28 percent of other students in the U.S.
  • A physical fitness assessment of Texas students showed that only 20 percent of Dallas ISD third grade students reached the “Healthy Fitness Zone” in all six tests of the FITNESSGRAM compared to 30 percent of Texas students.
  • Parents asked for the information. At a previous town hall meeting attended by 600 North Texas residents, parents said they needed family education on nutrition as well as safe, organized and affordable physical activities for their kids.
  • It’s a successful collaboration where more than 200 community volunteers come together to positively impact the obesity epidemic.
  • The event’s impact is lasting because families learn and practice ways to make healthy foods and active lifestyles part of their children’s lives each day.
  • It’s a proven success: In the previous five years, the event has drawn 23,000 children and families from cities in six counties. Nearly 100 percent of youth participants surveyed wanted to attend Get Kidz Fit again and most planned to continue exercising on a regular basis.

View Photos from 2016 Get Kidz Fit Fest!!
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