Lost & Found Fitness Camp 2010 June 28 – July 23, Register Today, space is limited!
DICF has identified the diverse needs of the community it serves and celebrates their differences, while nurturing the more balanced development of the mind, body and spirit through artistic expression. The mission now includes the facilitation of the Lost & Found Fitness Program in an effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices that stimulate the mind, body and the spirit through the combination of education, fitness, inspiration and the arts.
Identifying the Problem:
- In the past 25 years, obesity among children (ages 6-11) has doubled and among young persons (ages 12-19), the obesity rates have tripled!
- Blacks had 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity, and Hispanics had 21 percent higher obesity prevalence compared with whites
- Approximately 80% of children who were overweight at aged 10–15 years were obese adults at age 25 years
- Millions of dollars are spent annually on the treatment of diseases and conditions related to weight and unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as diabetes and heart disease
- Obesity-associated hospital costs for children and youth more than tripled over two decades
- Nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food every day, resulting in approximately six extra pounds per year, per child. Fast food consumption has increased fivefold among children since 1970. This combined with inactivity contribute to the drastic rise in childhood obesity cases in recent years.
The program at a glance...
Our vision comes from:
- The vision to build self esteem within the hearts of children
- The desire to support the needs of children who struggle with weight issues
- The need to educate families that the habits they create today effect their future wellness
- The dream to motivate children to be their best selves in mind, body & spirit to make a more positive contribution to society
- Nutrition Educational Workshops
- Personalized Weight Loss Plan
- 2 or 3 day/week fitness programs
- Stress Management
- Group Talk Sessions
- Affordable Program Fees
- Preventive Maintenance
Our Nutritional program includes:
- Body Composition
- Monthly Body Measurements
- Focus on Muscle/Fat ratio vs. weight
- Eating Habits
- Individualized plans that consider cultural backgrounds
- Food Journaling
- Nutrition Content Analysis
- Easy Healthy Recipes
- Wise choices for fast food menus and tips to healthy choices in restaurants
Our Fitness program includes:
- Cardio Training
- Strength Training
- Balance & Flexibility
- Obstacle Courses
- Games & More…
Our Stress Management program includes:
- Fundamental Principles of Yoga
- Vinyasa & Restorative Yoga
Our Support Program includes:
- Monthly Group Talk Sessions
- Mentorship through Best Buy Fitness Buddies
- Family Resource Guide
- A team of dedicated health & wellness professionals and staff
What Sets Us Apart:
- We are the only comprehensive program in the Washington, DC metro area that caters to health and wellness needs of children
- Our program is practical, convenient and affordable
- We focus on early intervention, lifestyle coaching and inspiring children to succeed
The program structure:
Our fitness training is a comprehensive program. First, and foremost the student will be required to have a physician’s approval to begin the program. The student will be assessed on the following criteria, standard health questionnaire, a movement assessment, body measurements, BMI, weight, and height. The health fitness test from the President’s Challenge will be administered. The results of this test will be used as a baseline of their current fitness level. The children will be re-assessed every 6 weeks to track their progress, and make adjustments in their program. All statistics will be logged in their personal journals as well as online.
The training includes cardiovascular training. A beginning cycle program that establishes proper alignment, posture and form on the bike, will be used for cardio training. It will include building power on the bike, defined as strength and endurance. We’ll focus on steady state rides, climbing, in and out of the saddle, and speed work. Other cardio training will include power walking, relay races, plyometrics, obstacle courses, dodge ball, jump roping and other games.
The strength training portion of the program includes working with bands and tubes. Also, light weight training that focuses on proper alignment and correct execution of the exercise. Isometric contractions as well as using their own body weight in a wide variety of exercises will be used to build muscle strength. The children will gain a better understanding of contracting and extending (releasing) a muscle.
Balance exercises and flexibility training are an important component in this program. This will develop confidence in their abilities to perform and begin to move more easily in time and space. The children will increase their proprioceptive awareness. Lots of balance games will be used, as well as stability balls, and BOSUs. The children will learn the proper names of all of the major muscle groups, and how they are paired with opposing muscle groups to perform movement. Also, they will be taught how to properly stretch each muscle group.
Most importantly, each child will be inspired to build confidence in themselves and their abilities. They will develop their natural talents in a warm, accepting, supportive, and fun environment. These children deserve to be given an opportunity to seek, find and succeed in a life of health and wellness.
Our Stress Management program is a crucial part of the overall success of Lost & Found. Weight loss is a multi-dimensional issue. It is not solely based on diet, nutrition, and exercise, but includes behavior modification, self esteem building exercises, and the identification of feelings and emotions. Learning the proper skills to recognize personal “triggers” and the ability to change behavior for a positive outcome, is a significant part of our stress management program. We use a variety of techniques, such as journaling. At registration, a customized journal will be distributed to each child. The journal will contain lots of helpful tips. Journal entries consist of, logging goals, tracking progress, assessments and a section for each child to record their personal journey to wellness. It is an exercise in identifying, and defining what they are thinking and feeling. Also, it allows them to see patterns that emerge through time that link what they are thinking to their eating habits. This process teaches them their “triggers”, so they may learn to gain control and change behavior.
In addition to journaling, they will have an opportunity for group talk sessions. This allows them to see that they are not alone in their struggle. It builds a support system and friendships. External support can mean the difference between success and failure.
It is important to also educate parents on how to handle their child’s eating habits in a way that is positive and motivating. Food can be a very emotional issue and many times habits are created in early childhood, affecting the child for a lifetime. Behavior modification and support will be addressed in these sessions.
The children will be exposed to the fundamental yoga poses (asanas), the language of yoga and the meanings. Also, the non-competitive approach in yoga encourages self acceptance and self respect. Yoga is a discipline that requires learned mediation, or blocking external disruptions to focus on self imposed quietness. Yoga is a journey to self awareness and well being. Along with the basic understanding of principles, the children will engage in learning vinyasa yoga or flow yoga. Also, they will learn the poses that are associated with restorative yoga, or distressing yoga. Given the skills to practice yoga, this activity is an inexpensive lifelong gift. Yoga can be practiced anywhere and at anytime.
Proper nutrition is a crucial component to a healthy lifestyle. Food is essential for survival; however our choices of high calorie foods has become hazardous to our health. Obesity has become a health threat in American society, especially among our children. In the last 30 years the prevalence of obesity has increased almost four-fold in children 6-11 years old and tripled among 12-19 year olds. What was once considered “adult onset diabetes” is no longer an adult disease. Diabetes is now prevalent in 20% of adolescents. High cholesterol levels, heart disease and other comorbidities are also affecting our children. It is vital that we address proper nutrition early in childhood to prevent complications later in life. Children who are overweight and obese become overweight and obese adults if there isn’t proper intervention. Prevention of illness is the key to a better health care system and balance between education, activity and motivation when you are young is a positive step towards preventive maintenance for the next generation.
The children will learn:
- eating healthy can be fun & healthy food can taste great
- importance of family meals(family participation of eating healthy)
- food groups (proteins, starches, vegetables, fruits, dairy ,and fats) and the importance of their function as well as emphasizing the importance of choosing a daily balance of nutrients (food journals)
- proper portion control for their growing bodies with visual food models
- importance of a variety of food groups to be consumed on a daily basis
- reading nutritional labels and how to decipher the acceptable healthy percentages of nutrients
- how food is prepared and what causes certain foods to be higher in calories
- “good” fats verses “bad” fats
- the difference of fat and muscle in our bodies and what purpose they serve
- how to make healthy choices at restaurants, and how to ask for substitutions that are healthier choices(role playing)
- how to prepare healthy snacks and lunches
- how to view food as “fuel” and not as a source of comfort
- how to identify different flavors of foods
- exposure to different foods and ways of preparing it
- how eating healthy makes one stronger and fit for life
Balance is the key of eating healthy 90% of the time and eating treats 10% of the time.