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Stretch-n-Grow is a comprehensive fitness and health education program for kids. Since 1992, Stretch-n-Grow has committed to helping educators and parents establish a foundation of exercise and proper nutrition at an early age, before habits develop. The Stretch-n-Grow program teaches children the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle. With weekly emphasis on exercise and good food choices, our extensive curriculum covers virtually every wellness issue...self-esteem, safety, hygiene and environmental issues are just a few examples of our discussion topics. Stretch-n-Grow coaches make exercising, "EXERciting!!"
Healthy Kids are Happy Kids!
Kids fitness exercise fun
What the Experts say:
Obesity has doubled among children over the past 20 years. (National Association of Sports and Physical Education)
85% of 5 year olds are unable to pass a basic fitness test.
One in five children in America are overweight. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Children involved in regular exercise have better social skills and earn better grades than those who are not. (American Journal of Medical Science)
Children who exercise have fewer chronic health problems. (American Fitness & Aerobic Association)
For the first time in 100 years, children have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to obesity and sedentary lifestyles. (World Health Organization) Read More...
University of Michigan -
Fitness for Youth Program Research
Nine out of ten parents think Children are physically fit, when actually only one out of three are.
Association for health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TN)
Physical inactvity and poor diet together account for at least 300,000
deaths in the U.S. each year.
The incidence of obesity among young children has doubled in the last 10 years.
Physical inactvity increases the risk of premature death and heart disease, and developing diadets, colon cancer and high blood pressure. Quality physical education programs serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
American Journal of Medical Science
Children who perform better on standardized tests have more
favorable body composition and lipid profiles (HDL or"bad" cholesterol). Programs that increase regular activity in youth hold promise in reducing adult heart disease.
Journal of the American Medical Association
By 18, 22% of black children aged 4 to 12, 22% of Hispanic, 12% of white children were significantly overweight. Between 1991 and 2000, incidence of odesity increases 61% and incidence of type 2 diabetes increased 44%. These are called "twin epidemics." (2001)
American Heart Association
Parents who model healthy eating and exercise habits greatly influence their children's heath. Healthy lifestyle training should start in early childhood.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Each year, physical Inactivity contributes to nearly 260,000 death in the United States.
5.3 million (12%) American children are overweight or obese.
71% of American adults are overweight; 30% are obese (those in excess of 200 ibs.).
One in Four children are overweight or obese (25%).
Baylor College of Medicine
Children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents for the first time in 100 years because of the epidemic of obesity.
20 years ago, less than 1% of children were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; today that number has risen to 27%, primarily due to obesity.
The Inactivity Of Preschoolers
Amid Rising Childhood Obesity
Article Date: 09 Feb 2009
The rate of childhood obesity has risen significantly in the United States, with many children becoming overweight at younger ages. At the same time, the number of preschoolers in center-based programs is also on the rise. Now a new study finds that, contrary to conventional wisdom, preschoolers don't move around a lot, even when they're playing outside.
The study, by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Carolina (USC), Michigan State University, and East Carolina University and led by Professor Russell R. Pate (at USC), is published in the January/February 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.
Using information from the Children's Activity and Movement in Preschools Study (CHAMPS), a project funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the researchers looked at 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds enrolled in 24 community-based preschool programs.
They found that the preschoolers were inactive for much of their preschool day, with 89 percent of physical activity characterized as sedentary. Even when they played outside, a time when children are expected to move around, 56 percent of their activities were sedentary. Furthermore, teachers very rarely encouraged the children to be physically active. But when balls and other items were made available, especially outside, and when they had open spaces in which to play, the children were more likely to be active.
"The low levels of children's activity and the lack of adult encouragement point to a need for teachers to organize, model, and encourage physical activity," according to William H. Brown, professor in the College of Education at USC and the study's lead author. "Because children's health and physical well-being are an important part of development, their physical activity needs to be increased in order to promote healthy lifestyles, particularly for preschoolers who are growing up in low-income families and who are at greater risk for poor health outcomes." ** For the first time in 100 years, today’s children have a lower life expectancy than their parents due to obesity and sedentary lifestyles. (World Health Organization)
** One in five children in America are overweight (American Academy of Pediatrics)
** Children ages 2 to 5 watch 25.5 hours of television a week. This is linked to the increase in childhood obesity (American Academy of Pediatrics).
** Many habits are formed by the time a child starts school. Be a part of instilling healthy habits in your children!
** Preschoolers involved in physical activity have fewer chronic health problems than those who are sedentary (American Fitness & Aerobic Assn).
** All children should participate in a regular form of exercise appropriate for their development level and physical health status (American Academy of Pediatrics).
** 85% of children diagnosed with Type 2 (adult on-set) Diabetes are overweight (Diabetes Research Center).
** 40% of elementary kids already display heart disease risk factors (i.e. obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension and inactivity) (American Heart Assn.).
Member of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
AFAA Certification in Personal Training
SNG Certification in Youth Fitness
Bachelors in Psycholoy, Kansas University
Associates in Business, Johnson County Community College
"As the mother of two vibrant, very active kids, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved with such a high quality program that address both the health and well-being of our children. It was my own interests as a parent that led me to STRETCH-N-GROW. Now, I am fortunate to be the one to make this valuable & exerciting program available to St. Charles County."
History The program was created in January of 1992 by Jill and Bob Manly in Galveston, Texas. Their plan was to conduct classes on a local level only. Response by children, parents, and child care providers was indeed exciting. Excitement over what they were doing resulted in requests from several people in other cities for more information. Within one year, expansion reached into 25 major U.S. markets; and in June 1993, Stretch-n-Grow became an "international influence" as they entered the Canadian market. After an intense study and the discovery of alarming statistics concerning the health status of American’s young children, the founders of Stretch-n-Grow set out on their mission to change the course for children everywhere. Stretch-n-Grow has expanded in cities across America, Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, New Zealand and Spain, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Kenya and The Canary Islands.
Advisory Board Stretch-n-Grow was developed with the guidance of an impressive advisory board consisting of pediatricians, nutritionists, educators and fitness professionals. Our exercises are safe for kids and in compliance with the youth fitness guidelines established by AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and ACE (American Council on Exercise) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Our Mission Statement
To teach as many children as possible the basics of proper exercise, nutrition, and related health issues.
To establish patterns and a positive attitude at an early age that will be the foundation for a continuing physical conditioning program and good health.
To prepare children for participation in physical education and athletic programs.
To provide parents, caregivers, and educators of young children with current information concerning proper exercise and nutrition, and other related issues, in an effort to encourage each family to participate together in a fitness program.