KidsFit, a children’s wellness program that began in our pediatric health center to address pediatric obesity is now in Newark public schools. First Lady, Michelle Obama, visited the program in November of 2010 and recognized it for its achievements.

This program is designed as part of health classes and is integrated into physical education, math and science curriculums; children receive a grade and parents are engaged through homework and class projects. A CHoNJ registered dietitian works with all the students. Program evaluation has shown an increase in students eating breakfast along with fruits and vegetables, exercising more often anddrinking less sweetened beverages.