Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, Inc.

aka Fit4Kids   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.grfit4kids.org

Mission

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids is dedicated to improving children’s health and wellness through physical activity and healthy eating. We believe that active, well-nourished children learn more in school, have greater self-esteem, and grow to lead productive lives.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe active, well-nourished children learn better in school, have greater self-esteem, and grow to lead productive lives. We hope you'll join us to advocate for the health and wellness of children across the Richmond region!

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Mary Dunne Stewart

Main address

2101 Maywill Street

Richmond, VA 23230 USA

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EIN

27-2817718

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Wellness Integration

The Fit4Kids Wellness Integration Program empowers classroom teachers to incorporate movement and health promotion messages into the classroom. Fit4Kids Wellness Integration Specialists, who are certified teachers, develop lively lessons that incorporate physical activity into any subject. Lessons are based on Virginia Standards of Learning and are available online to any interested educator.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Fit4Kids Learning Gardens engage children in planting, growing, harvesting, and best of all, tasting fresh, flavorful food—changing the way children feel about vegetables. We believe that getting kids into the garden and tasting vegetables at a young age will inspire them to develop healthy eating habits for life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Game On, Girl! is a multifaceted initiative that empowers adolescent girls to be physically active, nutritionally fit, and ready to take on the world! Students participate in a 10-week, after-school program with diverse instructors who introduce girls to a variety of individual and team sports, from kayaking to yoga to lacrosse. We also lead lessons in nutrition to encourage healthy eating habits. We aim to increase their knowledge of health and wellness, confidence, and leadership abilities. Our after-school physical activity program reaches over 150 girls at 7 middle schools. Game On, Girl also leads the “Summer Summit”; five action-packed days of outdoor adventure and team building for middle and high school girls. We believe that girls should be confident, fearless, and unapologetically themselves. Our programs instill lifelong healthy habits, while teaching values that count on and off the court.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Fit4Kids leads the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, a coalition of more than 20 organizations working to improve children's health and wellness. Some of our initiatives include: installing 20 salad bars in Richmond Public Schools, leading “Safe Routes to Schools” initiatives to teach bike and pedestrian safety, promoting healthy hydration through our new “Sip Smarter” campaign, and providing teacher training on making the most out of recess.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Active RVA Certified 2017

Awards

Partner of the Year 2017

Chesterfield Public Schools

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Fit4Kids' goal is to continue to grow our programs to reach even more children in Richmond and the surrounding region. The goal of our Wellness Integration and Safe Routes to School programs is to achieve sustainability at our partner schools so that we can focus on implementing these same programs in new schools throughout Richmond and the surrounding counties. Five of our former Wellness Integration schools have already transitioned to independent sustainability with ongoing support from Fit4Kids staff as needed. Five out of our six Safe Routes to School programs are on track to transition to sustainability in the next two years. Fit4Kids also has a goal to expand our programming to reach an increased number of middle and high school students. Fit4Kids is actively working with local school board officials to encourage schools and divisions to adopt and lead their own ongoing wellness programming.

Fit4Kids empowers teachers and school administrators to lead their own wellness programming by providing free educational resources, including lesson plans, on our website. The organization also connects schools with grant funding to support ongoing program implementation. Fit4Kids is actively engaged in the regular evaluation of its programs to ensure that programming is effective and meets the needs of students, teachers, and other stakeholders.

Fit4Kids has a dedicated staff who work alongside community volunteers to implement obesity prevention programming in the greater Richmond region. The organization has the support of the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, a collection of community partners who share in the organization's obesity prevention and health promotion goals. The coalition includes representatives from government and non-profit organizations, as well as for-profit companies in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield, Virginia. The organization also has the support of the local school divisions in Richmond, Hopewell, Henrico, and Chesterfield to implement its in-school programming. In addition, Fit4Kids has a strong relationship with Richmond Public School Nutrition Services and the Richmond City Health District, who help to implement the Eat Fresh RPS initiative.

In ten years of operation, Fit4Kids has made tremendous strides towards its goal of reducing the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in the greater Richmond region. The organization has transitioned its flagship Wellness Integration program to sustainability in multiple participating schools, and expanded this program to reach new schools throughout Richmond and the surrounding counties. Fit4Kids has added new programs, including Safe Routes to School and the and our policy work.

Going forward, Fit4Kids hopes to expand its programming to reach a greater number of adolescents. Fit4Kids continues to work in partnership with the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children and the VCU Healthy Lifestyles Center to collect data that will hopefully serve as additional evidence-based support for the organization's programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As a result of teacher feedback from our partner schools in Petersburg, Virginia, we created a new teaching training offering that provides teachers with an interactive, online tool with strategies to create active classrooms. We also worked with various school districts to get teacher re-certification points for the training as requested by educators. We're planning to expand this training to teachers across the region in 2021.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It's hard to get feedback as our clients include young children,

Financials

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Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Darby

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Term: 2021 - 2022

Colin Drozdowski

Sentara

Marjorie Childress

Harris Williams

Carl (Bart) Rountree

Bon Secours

Beth Bailey

Community Volunteer

Andrew Rose

General Motors

Sharon Darby

Children's Hospital at VCU

Heather Rice

KPMG

Will Dixon

Sports Backers

Candace Blydenburgh

McGuireWoods

Karen Doggett

Dominion

Aashir Nasim

Virginia Commonwealth University

Jennie Reynolds

Anthem

Lauren Schmitt

Commonwealth Strategy Group

Rupal Shah

Glen Allen Dentistry

Brielle Stanley

Richmond Fed

Ashante Smith

Troutman Pepper

Kirkland Hagerty

Community Volunteer

Brandon Hasbrouck

Washington and Lee School of Law

John Syer

Optima Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/17/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.