Project Name: Prevention before the Crisis

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 – The Faces of Hope, Richmond, VA.

Prevention before the Crisis is a one-year program of physical activity and nutrition education for children ages 6-18 years old. These children are in the 85th – 95th percentile (at risk of overweight) and the 95th + (overweight) in terms of BMI (Body Mass Index). The program’s unique feature is that we work in the child’s home environment and with the family. The Support team consists of a fitness trainer and nutritionist personally assigned to the child. The HOPE staff and referral resources are available as needed. The Support team will develop a physical activity plan and nutrition plan especially for that child including their personal interest and cultural preferences. The Support team will work one-on-one with the family to achieve the child’s goals and report progress on a periodic basis throughout the program.

HOPE’S program is a combination of the “best practices” of various resources and programs, including but not limited to:

  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) fitness program
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “We can! Energize our Community: Toolkit for Action”
  • Virginia Department of Health’s “I am moving, I am learning: A proactive Approach for Addressing Childhood Obesity”
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Center for Nutrition
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education