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Kroc Fit Kids

Kroc Fit Kids

Kroc Fit Kids is The Kroc Center’s newest youth development program designed to encourage kids to live healthier lifestyles. This free program gives children and families the opportunity to be fit, learn about nutrition, and gain insight on their bodies so they can make healthy decisions throughout their lives. “I love Kroc Fit Kids because it brings families together to be proactive about their overall wellness,” stated Kroc Fit Kids Liaison Beau Turgeon. 

Research shows Adams County as the most obese county in Illinois in 2018. The Kroc Center decided to do something to combat the findings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescence is too high.”

The goal of Kroc Fit Kids is to help each child reach their potential. Progress looks different for everyone.

“It’s easy for children to be overlooked because they can’t get themselves to the facility to participate in the “various healthy activities,” stated Youth Development and Outreach Specialist, Jakin Logsdon. “We worked diligently to remove barriers and made the lessons free so kids from all demographics could have the opportunity to learn more about nutrition, health, and fitness.” Kroc Fit Kids features three components: Family Fun Nights, Fit Kids Series, and the Kid Fit Challenge.

We worked diligently to remove barriers and made the lessons free so kids from all demographics could have the opportunity to learn more about nutrition, health, and fitness.

Logsdon stated, “We run a lot of incredible youth programs, but we wanted a further reach. There are so many remarkable children in our community and we wanted them to know The Kroc Center is here for them. You don’t have to have a membership; we don’t require a lengthy commitment. Come as often as you can I promise you’ll walk away with something great. Kroc Fit Kids is here to connect with youth, families, and schools.

This community center was designed with everyone in mind. The Kroc Center is meant to be a place for all ages at all stages of life. Family Fun Nights have been added so the learning continues after the session is over. We want participants to take these lessons home and instill this new mind-set into their daily lives. If we all work together and partner with one another, we can help children grow and thrive in an enriching environment.”

Part I: Family Fun Night (Sundays 3–5pm)

Free for all Ages Bring the whole family together for a fitness activity, organ lesson, and healthy snack demonstration. • Activities: Fitness bingo, scavenger hunts, jeopardy, and obstacle courses. • Lessons: Heart, stomach, brain, kidney, and intestines. • Snacks: Ham and cheese roll-ups, bananas and peanut butter, granola cups, and fruit cracker pizzas.

Part II: Fit Kids Series (Mondays 5–6pm) 

Free for all ages. This series includes a fit test and focuses on the positive impact of healthy living, exercising, and nutrition. Examples of activities include the Healthy Heart Challenge, My Plate Project, and Are You Germ Wise? Ages 8-18, Limited to 30 Participants

Part III: Kid Fit Challenge

$10 fee. Complete the fitness alphabet to earn a Kroc Fit Kids t-shirt. Follow the list of letters associated with exercises to spell out your full name. Ages 8-18

Examples of Fit Kids Series activities include the Healthy Heart Challenge, My Plate Project, and Are You Germ Wise?