Y to fight childhood obesity with new grant

The Y of Central Maryland is expanding a childhood obesity program with a $280,000 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

The two year grant from the region’s largest health insurer, will allow the Y of Central Maryland extend its Fit N Fun childhood obesity program to 20 camps, 80 before- and after-school sites, seven early-childhood development centers and 15 Head Start sites.

Since 2008, Fit N Fun has reached over 40,000 children and their families in the region. CareFirst has given almost $1.3 million toward the program.

Fit N Fun program participants  tested on multiple measures of fitness such as strength, endurance and Body Mass Index both before and after participating in the program.

On average these measurement improve 19 percent in kids after a semester of participation.


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