Here’s Why Children Need CHOICES
Health officials are encouraging more physical activity and better nutrition as ways to combat childhood obesity. For many years it was perceived that obesity was simply about overeating. Through research we have learned that it is really about the changing times of technology, diminished safe places for children to play, fast food marketing and needing better meal choices in schools. If children are to become healthier, we must all start following First Lady, Michelle Obama in the Let’s Move! Initiative.
Since year 2002, our program strategy at The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) has been to fight childhood obesity with a multifaceted approach. We believe that no single strategy in itself will be successful. Through collaborative partnerships with fitness trainers, physical and psychological health professionals, motivational speakers and dietitians, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is a resource to families with overweight and obese children. The aim is to provide a safe, supportive environment for clinically diagnosed and at risk children of obesity, with the inclusion of their parents through the following program components:
Designed to increase awareness, inform, educate, and train participants to make physical activity a normal and necessary part of their daily activity. Built into every Sisters in the Lifestyle Intervention Teaching Exercise (SLITE) program, the Let’s Move! DeKalb Back to School Fitness Fun Expo and Camp Divas Of Overweight Girls summer series is group cardio exercise specifically for children and families.
Designed to establish the link between the consumption of food and its effect on mind and body. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. provides nutrition education learning tools that teach children and families specific nutrient contents. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. also provides cooking demonstrations as community events in addition to the ongoing Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. program series.
Talking helps! Sharing one-on-one or within a group setting provides a vehicle to discuss challenges, offer encouragement and share accomplishments. The year round C.H.O.I.C.E.S. programs include self-esteem enrichment and motivational support with professionals. This approach reinforces the simple theme: Together we can make a difference in the lives of others and ourselves.
To reach more children and families, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. actively seeks collaboration with health focused nonprofit organizations, health departments, schools, recreation centers and community organizations. By following the Let’s Move! Cities & Towns Initiative as a road map, C.H.O.I.C.E.S. will continue to support childhood obesity prevention efforts from partners in Cobb County, DeKalb County and Fulton County in Georgia.
Who We Serve!