Obesity Coalition Programs
Health Happens! Preschool Program
The Health Happens! program is sponsored through a grant received from Blue Cross Blue Shield and is offered to preschools in the surrounding counties that meet grant requirements. This program is partnered with the University of Tennessee Department of Nutrition and Public Health. Health Happens! is a nutrition and physical activity program that includes parent and preschool teacher classes.
Healthy Kids Club
Healthy Kids Club is sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville, Tennessee, Inc. This program is afterschool for elementary and middle school students. Healthy Kids Club consists of cardiovascular activities and strength building exercises along with nutrition information and tastes test that encourage students to build healthy habits at a young age.
I A.M. Fit
I A.M. Fit is a program that is implemented before the school day. The goal of this program is for the participants to be physically active in a fun, educational setting while teaching the benefits of physical activity and healthy choices. I A.M. Fit consists of cardiovascular activities, exercises, strength and flexibility movements, and exciting active games that provide plenty of opportunity for fun and play.
Kids Can Bike
Kids can Bike is funded through a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville, Tennessee. It is in partnership with the City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation, Transportation Planning Organization, and University of Tennessee Department of Kinesiology. The purpose of this program is to encourage children to be active through bike riding, be safe while riding, and to enjoy Knoxville's greenways.
Healthy Kids Team
The East Tennessee Children's Hospital Healthy Kids Team is in partnership with Fort Sanders West Fitness Center. The team participates in weekly Saturday trainings in preparation for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Kids Run.
Grub Club is a partnership program sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain and Knox County Parks and Recreation. The Grub Club program teaches children about the importance of eating healthy food and how such food is grown and harvested. Grub Club includes educational lessons on gardening and nutrition education, taste tests, crafts, and fun, active games.
iRun is sponsored by Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The program teaches participants how to properly train for a race and how to fuel the body. The goal of iRun is to increase a child's physical activity level, educate on the importance of daily exercise and good nutrition, and the enjoyment of living a healthy lifestyle.
Facts About Childhood Obesity
Overweight and obesity projections in America Adults and Children (2010-2048)
A child who is overweight before the age of 8 is at risk for severe adult obesity.
- 80% of children overweight at age 10-15 were obese adults at age 25
- 25% of obese adults were overweight as children
- 33.1% of Knox County students are overweight or obese
Obese children and adolescents have an increased risk for:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Stroke, Liver & Gallbladder Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- Gynecological problems
- Cancers (breast, endometrial & colon)