FAN4Kids has created an innovative teaching model that provides a cutting edge approach to the treatment and prevention of obesity-related behaviors, such as poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles that are prevalent among low-income populations. The model addresses the multifaceted causes of unhealthy lifestyles in disadvantaged communities and identifies children most at risk within an academic setting, while providing on-site personnel to educate and implement lifestyle interventions that are learned, enjoyed and adopted by disadvantaged children and their families.
FAN4Kids has a comprehensive, yearlong curriculum that is unique, as it addresses both nutrition and fitness. Our curriculum is implemented through our own instructors, who teach five 50- minute lessons a day (alternating weekly between nutrition and fitness) and provide a structured recess program for the entire school year for all elementary school grades (pre-K through 4th grade).
FAN4Kids works closely with the school administration and parents and within the community, as we believe that a multi-pronged approach is necessary to combat this epidemic. Our theory has been corroborated by studies that show that school, family and community are some of the most important foci for preventive efforts in children. And given that many different factors influence obesity levels, effective prevention requires a program that approaches these factors simultaneously.