Fitness in the City

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Boston Children’s Hospital’s Fitness in the City Program provides Boston families with the tools and resources needed to live healthy and active lives as part of the community mission. It is also designed to help motivate families to set goals and participate in fitness and nutrition activities.

Boston Children’s provides capacity building and financial support to participating community health centers. The health centers offer case management services and connect families to nutritional education and physical activities located either at their health center or in the community.

Every year, 11 community health centers in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Brighton, Mattapan, Chinatown, and South End enroll over 1,100 new patients and families and continue to work with those enrolled from previous years. Another important aspect of Fitness in the City is building relationships with community organizations such as YMCA of Greater Boston, Healthworks Community Fitness, Outdoors Rx, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Cooking Matters, and more. Fitness in the City provides referrals for children and families to these organizations to access their physical fitness and nutrition activities.

The children and youth participating in Fitness in the City will:

  • Be assessed for their readiness to make the behavioral changes needed to maintain a healthy weight
  • Develop wellness goals with their case manager
  • Be connected to appropriate nutrition resources and opportunities for physical activity
  • Attend physical activity programs at their health center or organizations such as the YMCA, Healthworks Community Fitness and/or Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Attend a nutrition visit at their health center and/or participate in a cooking class or other nutrition education group activity

Accomplishments

  • Fitness in the City works! Patients are making short and long term health and wellness changes. 61% of patients decreased or maintained their body mass index over one year (2015-2016). Also, an analysis of nine years of data from eight community health centers shows a statistically significant reduction in obesity related health measures (body mass index).
  • Fitness in the City is making an impact on patient’s behaviors. Analyses have shown that children participating in the program have reduced the amount of screen time used on the weekend, and the amount of soda or juice drank per day. In addition, children have been shown to increase the their daily consumption of vegetables per day.
  • Health centers are now implementing new programming onsite such as cooking classes, Zumba, gardening, yoga, tennis and more. 73% of Fitness in the City sites offer physical activity or nutrition programs and 64% offer patients opportunities to access nutritious and affordable food on site.
Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337

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