The mission of Nationwide Children’s Hospital's Fitness and Nutrition (F.A.N.) Club is to help education programs integrate a fitness and nutrition curriculum that improves the health and well-being of children.
F.A.N. Club partners with programs to implement a fitness and nutrition curriculum that is comprehensive, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate for students of all ages. Our goal is to provide opportunity for regular physical activity, offer nutrition education, and promote positive behavior change in the areas of physical activity and nutrition. Through our train-the-trainer model, F.A.N. Club Staff are dedicated to supporting instructors in the exceptional delivery of program components and we use well-established best practices to meet our goals.
Students at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year were able to complete an average of 7.4 laps using the PACER test. At the end of the year, that number increased to an average of 11.5 laps — a 55 percent increase!
F.A.N. Club aims to:
- Teach nutritional guidelines and help students understand nutrition labels
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- Reduce consumption of fats, salt, and sugar
- Eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages
- Highlight the benefits of physical fitness and regular physical activity
- Promote motor skill development
- Introduce sport concepts and strategies
- Encourage social and emotional development
- Integrate fitness and nutrition with core educational concepts in math, science, language arts, and social studies
F.A.N. Club support includes:
- Customized action plans unique to each setting
- Ongoing assessment of the program environment, student physical fitness and nutrition knowledge and behaviors, and instructional efficacy
- Quarterly education and networking retreats
- Facilitation and sharing of best practices and lessons learned
- Ongoing implementation and technical assistance
- Outcome statistics and reporting
F.A.N. Club Partners shall:
- Have a school or non-profit organization with an open enrollment
- Commit to a minimum of three lessons per week throughout the academic calendar
- Have adequate indoor and outdoor space for physical activity
- Designate 1-2 enthusiastic instructors responsible for implementation
Since its inception in 2008, F.A.N. Club has increased the participation in physical activity and healthy eating behaviors of hundreds of children. As F.A.N. Club continues to grow, Nationwide Children’s Hospital aims to help children reach their full potential.