This Free Six-Week Healthy Habits Program empowers kids to adopt a healthy lifestyle through engaging, fun activities. Accepting Sign-Ups Now for Free Six Week Pilot Program Starting on December 7th.
San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2020 – According to internationally renowned speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Greger, MD FACLM, “by age 10, nearly all kids have fatty streaks in their arteries.
This is the first sign of atherosclerosis, the leading cause of death in the United States.” Many adult health problems are the direct result of unhealthy habits that begin in childhood.
The Healthy Kid Project https://thehealthykidproject.org, is a free educational online program introducing children ages six to ten to the concepts of a plant-rich diet and physical activity.
After two successful pilots, The Healthy Kid Project is introducing its third six-week curriculum, starting on Monday, December 7th, 2020.
Sign-ups will be open for one week after the launch until December 14th.
Parents, teachers, and other educators can sign up through The Healthy Kid Project homepage.
The Healthy Kid Project provides kids and their families with the tools needed to help them make informed choices, resulting in life-long healthy habits.
These good lifestyle practices are vital, not only for their own health and well-being, but for the health of our planet as well.
The goal of The Healthy Kid Project is two-fold:
1. Reduce the rate of childhood obesity – Plant-rich diets, comprised of at least 75% plants (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes) are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, free of cholesterol, full of fiber, and low in calories and saturated fat.
Following such a diet can greatly reduce the future risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
These diseases not only come at the expense of an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing, but the economic fall-out is enormous — $1 Trillion in the U.S. in annual healthcare costs and lost productivity.
2. Reduce our carbon footprint – Shifting to a plant-rich diet dramatically decreases food waste, and is perhaps the single most effective way to reduce carbon emissions, thereby building a greener future.
Taking into account that kids can be notoriously picky eaters and that tweaking their diets can be a challenge, The Healthy Kid Project strives to make its program engaging and fun by including live virtual events and weekly activities.
“Our curriculum is designed to teach by integrating art, science and ecology awareness. The exercises can be done indoors or incorporated into outdoor leisure time,” said Meagan Fishell, Founder of the Healthy Kid Project.
“Our activities include In the Artist Studio with Serenah (one-on-one art classes), Mindful Movements with May, Food Allergy Superhero Day with Trixie, Eco-Day, and Saturday Snacktime.”
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education states that just one in three children is physically active every day. In an effort to do its part to get kids moving, The Healthy Kid Project has incorporated a Mindful Movement class once a week.
“Because COVID-19 has led to more online schooling for school-aged children, park closures and canceling of sports activities, it can be challenging for kids to get adequate exercise.
Staying active is essential for the healthy development of children. It can prevent weight gain, boost the immune system, and prevent stress” said fitness instructor May Ramos.
According to the CDC, “Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affects an estimated 8% of children in the United States.”
Aside from the obvious physical symptoms ranging from mild to severe (anaphylaxis and sometimes death), the effects on young children’s social and mental development are significant.
For example, food allergy bullying can cause deep emotional scars. In response, The Healthy Kid Project includes a six video module introducing food allergies.
One of the instructors, Trixie Klein said, “I understand how crucial it is to educate kids about food allergies and introduce empathy and compassion. I do this in a fun way, teaching kids how to be ‘Food Allergy Superheroes’ and advocating for their peers with food allergies.”
The Healthy Kid Project is perfect for parents of children, teachers, and other educators. It is designed to be taught at home or incorporated into a school setting. Those typically teaching the program are retired teachers, anyone having a passion for childhood education, and homeschool instructors.
About The Healthy Kid Project
Inspired by the book Drawdown, edited by renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken, the Healthy Kid Project was founded in 2018.
It is a San Francisco-based start-up, dedicated to teaching children about incorporating plant-rich foods and exercise into their diets. Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/healthykidproject/.
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