Project Name: Fit as a Firefighter

This project was funded by the ASMBS Foundation, and is not a current or ongoing program of the ASMBS Foundation. For more information on this project please contact the grant recipient – Slidell, LA Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Program Activities and Description:
The Fit as a Firefighter program’s mission is: For overweight children to gain knowledge of healthy nutritional and fitness choices while gaining the strength and self-confidence needed to develop a positive self image and personal coping mechanisms, along with learning about safety in their homes, schools and communities. Our goal is to improve the health of Louisiana’s families and ultimately chare this successful program with other organizations throughout the country. With childhood obesity being increasingly prevalent, the percentage will continue to rise if steps are not taken to prevent it.

The Fit as a Firefighter summer camp offers 80 families educational access to create healthy lifestyles through a free weeklong day camp and additional educational offerings to parents through the “Becoming Healthier” – Parent Nutrition Nights. The Fit as a Firefighter summer program offers the free camp to children of low to moderate incomes.  Periodic follow-up and consultations via email or phone interviews also are conducted throughout the year to provide support and additional education.