On the move: Encouraging active kids with FitKids360

This summer, more kids were able to lace up their shoes and get moving thanks to FitKids360 and Priority Health.

Priority Health donated new running shoes for kids who took part in FitKids360 On the Move, a West Michigan-based program that helps families train for a 5K race together.

FitKids 360

One in three kids in the US is overweight, and one in five is obese. Obese youth are more likely to have high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and other health problems. FitKids360 is a free, seven-week program for kids ages 5 to 17 and their parents or guardian that teaches families how to adopt healthier habits and covers topics like nutrition and physical activity. 

5K training program 

This year, kids and families who graduated from the FitKids360 program were given the opportunity to join On the Move, a 10-week program that helps kids and their families train for a 5K. Over 60 kids who took part in the On the Move program this summer received their own pair of new, free running shoes with the help of Priority Health. Our community is made stronger through partnerships like these, and it's our hope that every child in the community has the opportunity to be their healthiest.

If you're interested in learning more about FitKids360 and their On the Move program, visit healthnetwm.org/programs/fitkids360 for more information.