Healthy Kids Fund
Happier and Healthier Lives for People of All Ages
It is recommended that all children have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, but many children are not getting this. With childhood obesity on the rise, Dr. Benjamin Atkeson, a cardiologist at our Clayton campus, suggested there be a youth program put in place designed to improve the overall health of the children in our community. In November of 2014, the Healthy Kids Program was created.
The Healthy Kids Program at HealthQuest is supported by the Johnston Health Foundation, as one of the foundation’s four funds. Every dollar the foundation raises in honor of Healthy Kids goes directly to scholarships that assist children in the community complete the program.
The Healthy Kids Program is a 12-week health education program held at HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center. It’s designed specifically for children and teens age 9-18 to teach them nutrition and fitness practices to keep them active and healthy. The goal of the Healthy Kids Program is to create an environment where youth can receive exercise instruction under the direction of certified trainers in addition to nutritional guidance and support from licensed dietitians and physicians.
Sessions take place Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. At any one of these sessions the kids may be performing push-ups, bear crawls, relay races, or even learning how to make healthy food choices with the nutritionist, Megan Starling. With obesity on the rise, (refer to graph pictured right) combating the disease with eating well and exercising is the healthy way to go.
What the kids can always expect, however, is learning the five key points that Frankie Benavidez, their trainer, drives home. These include attitude, commitment, work ethic, accountability and perseverance. These key points are not only helpful for the kids when at the gym, but also extremely beneficial when applied to their lives outside of the gym.
The Team Members Behind the Healthy Kids Program
Participants may register online at www.johnstonhealth.org/healthquest or visit us at the HealthQuest reception desk. For more information you may contact HealthQuest at 919-938-7581. Click Here to Download Information on How to Register Your Child
If you would like to support children in Johnston County and help at-risk youth get access to this educational program, please consider making a donation today. Your donation will help pay for:
- Scholarships that are awarded based on financial hardship and youth risk factors.
- Equipment purchases.
- Nutritional education sessions for youth with a dietitian.
- Other needs deemed necessary to assist with the Healthy Kids Program.
You may also mail a cash donation or check, made out to the Johnston Health Foundation, to:
Johnston Health Foundation
PO Box 1376
Smithfield, NC 27577
Attn: Healthy Kids Fund