Eat Smart, Play Smart for a Healthier Family
PinnacleHealth Eat Smart, Play Smart provides children in the community with evidence-based behavioral interventions to help them learn about the value of healthy food choices and physical activity.
Eat Smart, Play Smart classes meet once a week for eight weeks to help overweight children and parents become healthier through fun-filled education and fitness activities. For the first time, classes are being offered for two age groups, ages 6-14 and ages 13-17, to meet the unique needs of each.
Eat Smart, Play Smart employs only degree, certified instructors in nutrition, mental health and physical education who use interactive games, cooking demonstrations with minimal discussion to uncover habits, choices and learn how to make better ones in order to lead a healthy, productive life. If a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) falls within the obese category, he or she qualifies for this program.
Since the program launched in 2009, Eat Smart, Play Smart has helped families choose life changing habits. Results have shown:
- Nearly three percentile for age reduction in BMI
- Increased physical activity
- Increased consumption of fruit and vegetables
- Decreased consumption of sugary beverages
- Decreased media screen time
Classes are held throughout the year on the East and West Shores. For more information, call the