KIDS GET FIT

Corpus Christi, TX   |  www.kidsgetfit.net

Mission

" To combat and prevent childhood obesity and diabetes" We support the fight against the rise of childhood obesity and diabetes in South Texas. Children and their families will receive hands-on training with certified experts. Through motivational education and counseling we will provide and implement a successful plan for families to stay healthy.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mr. Victor Betancourt

Vice President

Mr. Gabriel Lucido

Main address

2001 S Staples Rm/Ste 202

Corpus Christi, TX 78404 USA

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EIN

46-5261317

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Obesity and diabetes has become an epidemic in South Texas. As a state Texas is ranked 14th highest for adults and 15th highest in youth between the ages of 10 and 17 for obesity. 12% of Texans are diabetic, that is around two million people and earns Texas the rank of 10th highest in the United States. This number is expected to double by 2030. (The Stae of Obesity, 2017) 24% of children under the age of 20 have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, these numbers are alarming. Schools in Texas are not required to have physical education class or recess time, with the lack of physical activity and living in a society that relys on fast food, todays youth are suffering. KGF has developed a program that not only gets the kids moving but also ensures they are knowledgeable in nutrition and have a healthy mindset.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kids Get Fit Studio

A health program for children between the ages of 6-17 and their families. The 12-week program offers nutrition, fitness, yoga, mindfulness and Zumba classes. Each participant under goes a fitness assessment before they start the program to establish a baseline and then are reassessed after the program to evaluate their progress.

Population(s) Served

KGF has also partnered with Driscoll Children's Hospital for a clinical study, these participants go through a more detailed health assessment to determine how at-risk they are for obesity and/or diabetes.
Each child is asked to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes offered a week and their parents are asked to attend nutrition class no less than twice a month. Classes are kept child friendly and incentives are given out regularly to keep the kids motivated to come to class.

Population(s) Served

KGF is excited to be offering our program in the Corpus Christi Independent School District. At Rose Shaw and Los Encinos Elementaries the program was offered to the entire 3rd grade class, 130 students total. KGF comes in 3 times a week during their physical education (P.E.) classes for an hour. The fitness instructors work with either the Zumba or yoga instructor and rotate the children in groups so they can experience both classes. Fitness class is twice a week, zumba and yoga are once a week while the nutritionist host a one hour class once a week. The faculity and staff at both elementary schools have an opporunity to participate in Zumba class once a week for an hour.
KGF was also offered at Tom Browne Middle School and Veterans Memorial High School twice a week. The 7th and 8th graders at Browne Middle School (37 students total) experience a similar rotating class as the elementary schools and we are working to incorporate nutrition class into their schedule by January 2018. KGF is offered during 2 different P.E. class periods at Veterans Memorial, there are 109 students total. Each class period attends KGF once a week where they will participate in fitness and either yoga or zumba. The class that wasn't offered will be taught the next week, this insures that both classes are given the opportunity to participate in yoga and Zumba.
The program was in these schools for 6 weeks and have now transitioned into Woodlawn Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Garcia Elementary and will stay in Rose Shaw Elementary until the end of the school year. The rotation with in CCISD allowd KGF to reach hundreds of at-risk youth at a time without them feeling singled out.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our program strives to reach as many at-risk youth as possible. We have teamed up with the CCISD and Incarnate Word Academy allowing KGF to provide our program to select PE classes.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

It is the goal of Kids Get Fit to help at-risk youth and their families to get healthy and have the tools necessary to stay healthy for free. The rise in obesity and diabetes in South Texas is alarming and this program is helping to bring the statistics down. Kids Get Fit also wants to provide the information the parents need on how to get their child healthy so they can become a healthy as a family.

Nutrition class is taught once a week for all participants at each location, this allows the children to
actively take part in preparing a meal or snack. The class also introduces new foods that they typically
wouldn't have tried, giving them more healthier options when they are at home. The parents are also
included at our studio for nutrition class, the goal is to teach them that eating healthy doen't have to be
expensive or time consuming. To incorporate more activity into the participants day we have a fitness, Zumba,
yoga and mindfulness classes. These classes give them variety and keeps their interests peaked thus making them excited to
come to class. The theory is that even though they are required to come to class if they are having fun then
they will put more effort in to the activity versus dreading the class and not really trying.

All Kids Get Fit instructors are certified in their area of teaching and most have their own private practices were they host classes. All of the nutritionist on staff work or have worked with the Food Bank of Corpus Christi and understand the needs lower income families face when it comes to providing their families with healthy meals. The program also has the facilities needed to host all classes comfortably and has the possibility of gaining a larger space which would allow more classes to be held at one time.

Kids Get Fit has grown beyond the one class offered at the Boys and Girls Club, the program is offered at more then one location and host more than five different classes and no longer just in the Corpus Christi area but also in Robstown. The program was also able to hold a 2 hour camp Monday thru Friday throughout the summer and a have a local running club at that time while still having its regular afternoon classes. The parents are able to get more involved with the program by not only attending nutrition class but are also allowed to participate in yoga class as well.
The need for the program expands further then the Corpus Christi and Robstown areas and Kids Get Fit wants to reach these families. Plans to start the program in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alice and Kingsville are in progress. It is also a goal to get an after school program started in the local schools.
The clinical study that Kids Get Fit has partnered with needs more participants to get a better idea of how at-risk the youth in the Coastal Bend are to developing obesity and/or diabetes. About 20 kids have gone through the study since it has started and the physicians need at least 10 more to make a good conclusive report.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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KIDS GET FIT

Board of directors
as of 3/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Victor Betancourt


Board co-chair

Mr. Gabriel Lucido

Aiysha Balbosa

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Rosie Bonilla

Retired

John Roberts

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Steven Salinas

New York Life

Nina Stone

Stone & Horne LLP

James Langenkamp

JaSu Consulting

Caroline Mauger

Mauger Medical Group

Toyin Ajisafe

Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Gerado Gomez

Abdiel Salgado

Latin Fuego Zumba

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? No