Fit Youth Initiative
A Fitness and Nutrition Education Collaboration
The Fit Youth Initiative is a community center collaboration aimed at bettering the nutrition and health of youth in our service areas through fitness programs and nutrition education.
Low-income children in Madison are at risk of a myriad health related illnesses. Many health risks including high blood-pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and some cancers can be significantly mitigated by healthy diets, exercise and weight management. FYI aims to increase the level of activity and the consumption of healthy foods during program hours by creating a collaborative, community-based program that offers consistent, intentional, evidence-based fitness and nutrition programming for children ages 3- 18 and their parents.
FYI is currently offered at four consortium partner sites: East Madison Community Center, Goodman Community Center, Kennedy Heights Community Center and the Vera Court Community Center.
FYI’s core programming components
SPARK Fitness Curriculum | Active Options | Gardening (summer only)
Nutrition Education | Family Engagement | FYI Inter-site Sports Leagues and Camps
Tie Dye Fun Run
The Fit Youth Initiative is holding an informal FREE Fun Run/Walk for girls and their families! This event will include a gently used women's and girl's running/track shoe give away, thanks to the UW Women's Track Team as well as a celebration at the end of the race which includes food and tie-dye stations. The event will leave from the Goodman Community Center and will continue down the bike path until Dempsey Road, at which point, the run will reverse and return to the Center. Participants will receive a ribbon upon completion of the run/walk. This community event emphasizes fitness through walking or jogging for girls of all ages. There will be a tie dye station at the end of the run.
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: Run starts at 2 p.m.; Registration is at 1 p.m.
Clothes: Bring a white t-shirt. This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $8.
Who's welcome: All students K-12 and their families, with a special emphasis on getting girls and young women involved.