World Fit

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World Fit seeks to curtail the epidemic of childhood obesity and create a "culture of fitness" with kids fitness programs and childhood obesity programs for middle school students utilizing Olympians and Paralympians as inspirational leaders.

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  • Obesity is becoming an issue for developing countries around the world threatening the health and futures of the world ’s children.
  • The seriousness of the obesity health risk is a function of both our sedentary lifestyle and what we feed our children. It has become a top priority with U.S. leaders.
  • Tragically … Physical education programs are still being eliminated through budget cuts. While technology is now entrenched in our culture and promotes a dangerously sedentary lifestyle.
  • Obese Children and Adolescents Are More Likely To Develop: Increased risk of Heart Disease High Blood Pressure Diabetes Breathing Problems Trouble sleeping Mental Health Problems Bone & Joint Disorders Increased Hospital Admissions
  • Obesity is also preventable by education, socialization, and training connection to community and program.
  • Reach parents through “their” children
  • The World Fit mission is to promote a culture of health and fitness for children. World Fit strives to eradicate both childhood obesity and the toll obesity has taken on families, society and healthcare systems. Through Olympian and Paralympian participation, World Fit pairs these mentors with schools to inspire their students about the importance of health, fitness and Olympic values of perseverance, respect and fair play. By providing a community-based, school exercise initiative, World Fit will achieve its mission, while also unifying Olympians and promoting Olympism worldwide.
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  • World Fit ® has the Right: Audience  TODAY ’S YOUTH Cost  NO COST Exercise  WALKING/SPORTS Leaders  OLYMPIANS Dynamics  COMPETITION & SCHOOL SPIRIT Incentive  AWARDS Motivation  CHANGING ATTITUDES & BEHAVIORS
  • In the World Fit ® 2010 Pilot Program … 7,239 students registered and logged more than 750,000 miles d uring the six week World Fit ® Walk
  • World Fit

    1. 1. INTRODUCING WORLD FIT ® <ul><li>A Project of the United States Olympians Association </li></ul><ul><li>Founded by: GARY W. HALL, MD, ANNE CRIBBS, DICK FOSBURY </li></ul><ul><li>and MICKI KING </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>About 32% or 25 million children and adolescents are obese or overweight. </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>For the first time in years, </li></ul><ul><li>today ’s children are not expected </li></ul><ul><li>to outlive their parents. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Support From The Top <ul><li>Government (CDC & Secretary of Education) </li></ul><ul><li>Physicians (American Academy of Pediatrics) </li></ul><ul><li>President Barack Obama creates Task Force on Childhood Obesity </li></ul>The seriousness of the obesity health risk has become a top priority with U.S. leaders, including:
    5. 5. <ul><li>The only fitness initiative in America that is licensed by the USOC and supported by US Congress and the United States Olympians and Paralympians. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with First Lady Michelle Obama and supporting Let ’s Move! </li></ul>A Congressional Resolution in 2010 supports World Fit
    6. 6. The Facts <ul><li>Obesity rates have tripled since 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>More than a third of children over age two are obese </li></ul><ul><li>Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult </li></ul>Obesity is threatening the future of our children today and adults of tomorrow
    7. 7. The Body of Scientific Evidence is increasing -- Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine June 2010 “ Researchers who analyzed 20 years worth of data conclude that a &quot;substantial&quot; proportion of high blood pressure cases are associated with a lack of physical activity and not enough aerobic fitness. ” More than 25% of America ’s Health Care Costs are related to obesity $147 billion annually
    8. 8. How Can We Fix The Problem?
    9. 9. A Successful Program Will:
    10. 10. World Fit ® will help solve the problem.
    11. 11. World Fit ® Mission: <ul><li>The World Fit mission is to promote a culture of health and fitness for children. World Fit strives to eradicate both childhood obesity and the toll obesity has taken on families, society and healthcare systems. By providing a community-based, school exercise initiative, World Fit will achieve its mission, while also unifying Olympians and promoting Olympism worldwide. </li></ul>
    12. 12. What is World Fit ® ? <ul><li>World Fit ® is a Non Profit Program initiated in 2006 by United States Olympians </li></ul><ul><li>World Fit ® targets Middle School students in America by focusing on fitness and exercise </li></ul><ul><li>World Fit ® works with USA Olympians and Paralympians as mentors and role models </li></ul><ul><li>World Fit ® has the potential to be a global organization and be implemented around the world </li></ul>
    13. 13. The World Fit ® Program:
    14. 14. How World Fit ® Works Students complete surveys
    15. 16. Why World Fit ® Works <ul><li>It speaks the same language as kids today by tapping into their communication tools (computers, mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>It dares to set goals and holds kids accountable for their actions </li></ul><ul><li>It combines the unique combination of competition, inspiration, education, technology and socialization needed to achieve success </li></ul>
    16. 17. And World Fit ® is Working! 2011 Results <ul><li>1,991,752 miles </li></ul><ul><li>15,175 students </li></ul><ul><li>6 week walk </li></ul>
    17. 18. What Kids Are Saying… It feels good logging my miles and being in first place! My parents always encouraged me to get outside and get active, but I never used to listen to them that much. With World Fit ® , it was the friendly competition that made me get up and exercise more , to beat the other schools, and my friends. Being able to log what I do on a normal basis and to get rewarded. It feels nice to get credited for my everyday fitness! My favorite part of the World Fit ® Program was that we got to take a break from sitting in a class all day. It was a great way for me to get more alert, so that I have better learning habits when I go back inside to learn. I lost 15 pounds!
    18. 19. Recognized by National Press - But we have only just begun! Olympians take on childhood obesity through World Fit ® , a program that encourages kids to walk “ For an extra boost of motivation, each participating school is paired with an Olympic or Paralympic athlete …The participating athletes not only encourage the students but also promote the three Olympic values: friendship, excellence and respect, says Hall.” Olympic athletes help kids get moving Program aims to fight childhood obesity “ Program founder Gary Hall Sr. started the effort last year in two public schools in Florida's Dade County. The former Olympic swimmer theorized that after spring break, children anxious to enjoy the warmth would be eager to go outside. “ Hall hoped to get students walking about 10 miles each week. When the statistics were in, he learned that students had walked three miles a day.”
    19. 20. <ul><li>What do we need to take World Fit ® to the next level and keep it sustainable? </li></ul>
    20. 21. World Fit ’s ® Health <ul><li>Foundation and corporate support </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising events surrounding walking and fitness </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit as many Olympians/Paralympians and high-level achieving athletes into World Fit ® as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit volunteer World Fit ® Community Leaders from every community </li></ul>
    21. 22. 2012 Goals <ul><li>Build on 2011 program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand program at every level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrade website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improve communication among students about World Fit ® through social media networks </li></ul><ul><li>Increase School participation from 42 schools to 200 </li></ul><ul><li>Increase student participation from 15,000 to 50,000+ </li></ul>GOAL FOR 2012: 200 SCHOOLS 50,000 STUDENTS
    22. 23. By promoting health, fitness and well-being, World Fit ® will help secure a better future for us all. THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON OUR YOUTH
    23. 24. Thank You!

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