Fit Families

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Fit Families

Fit Families Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) is a successful behavior change program for families of 2-4 year old children enrolled in WIC.  Fit Families coaches empower families to adopt healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.  The Fit Families employs three core messages and one over-arch message and one over-arch message to combat overweight and obesity.

Core Messages

Move More...Watch Less

  • Encourage Fit Families participants to engage in active play or physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day and to reduce screen time to two hours or less each day.

Make Every Bite Count...More Fruits & Veggies

  • Encourage children and their parents to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day.

Make Every Sip Count...More Healthy Beverages

  • Encourage Fit Families to reduce or eliminate use of sugared beverages.

Overarching Message: Eat Healthy, Be Active...Your Kids are Watching

  • Encourage parents to be good role models for their children.

Ways Fit Families Encourages Behavior Changes

For families in WIC…

  • Families enrolled in Fit Families will make an individual healthy habits goal that they will work on for 12 months. The Fit Families coach follows up with the family monthly for guidance, support, and tools to make the changes. Participants receive incentive to help motivate the healthy behavior changes.

For staff…

  • Fit Families Coach guides Community partnership staff to become a Fit Families Center and to adopt an organizational or agency wellness policy to encourage staff to model healthy habits.

For communities…

  • Fit Families coach develop partnerships with organizations in the community serving low income families with preschool children and other audiences eligible for SNAP to disseminate Fit Families messages and provide educational resources.

For more information please contact Fit Families Coach:

Melissa Smith at 608-742-9254

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