Transcript: Helping families increase their physical and mental fitness

Text appears over a building with a colorful mural.
ON SCREEN TEXT: Detroit, Michigan.

SPEAKER: Bullying, fighting.
A black girl sits in front of a chalkboard and interviews. Text appears. ON SCREEN TEXT: Chloe Smith

Fit Kids360 and FitFamilies graduate
CHLOE: It made me feel like I wasn't belong there. Like they didn't want me at that school.

A white woman interviews. Text appears.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Krista Siddall
Director, Operations and Programming

Kids' Health Connections

KRISTA: Trauma that many of our families have gone through is enormous. We've had kids come in with suicide attempts prior to this.

A black woman interviews. Text appears.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Mylicia Taylor Chloe's mom

MYLICIA: Starting a healthy journey. You've got to put your feet down somewhere. You've got to start somewhere.

In a gym, a black woman leads a class of children in exercise.

EXERCISE LEADER: Pull your belly button and squeeze it together.

KRISTA: Kids Health Connections is a nonprofit located in Detroit. We want to make sure that they have access to care, that they have quality care, and that their outcomes are better.

The kids bang drumsticks onto Yoga mats.

EXERCISE LEADER: Good. Ready for a new one?

KRISTA: Pediatricians that we worked with said we need help with three things. We have kids that are obese and overweight and we can't do anything about it in the time we have them in our office. We have a lot of families struggling with asthma, getting kids in for immunizations. Those three areas were really what Kids Health Connections was founded on. And out of that was Fit Kids360.

Text appears as children jump on yoga mats with drumsticks.

ON SCREEN TEXT: A UnitedHealthcare grant to Kids' Health Connections helps provide four FitKids 360 programs, free of charge.

The gym lead raises her arms up high and brings them together.

KRISTA: It's a program for 5 to 17-year-olds in the 85th percentile or above for BMI. And it focuses on nutrition, fitness and mental health. It also provides each family with a mentor to help them on their journey and help them throughout those eight weeks to incorporate healthier behaviors into their lifestyle. Most of our mentors are Wayne State University Medical students.

A white woman with brunette hair interviews. Text appears.

ON SCREEN TEXT: Beki Schultz Mentor, FitKids 360.

BEKI: Work with the kids on their goal setting each week, the exercise with them, any problems they might have had at school, at home. A lot of them might have like some anxiety or like some sadness, depression that we might identify and help them find some different coping mechanisms. I think this helped my future as a physician in identifying the problems that children have early on.

The children drum on the yoga mats.

EXERCISE LEADER: Keep your stick on the mat.

Text appears as the kids exercise.

ON SCREEN TEXT: The grant also supported the pilot of FitFamilies, a program to support mental health needs for the entire family.

KRISTA: Dealing with stress, dealing with conflict, dealing with communication, handling their emotions. It’s really made a difference for us, this funding from UHC, as far as being able to change our communities, everybody working together can change that community, can change the outcome and can change the impact of those families and can really elevate the community to a healthier place I think.

Mylicia works out on an elliptical.

MYLICIA: What we've learned through the program we have incorporated in our eating, exercising, our mental, never underestimate yourself.

CHLOE: I felt down about myself. And in the end, when I left, I felt stronger, like I could do anything.

Chloe exercises on an exercise bike and smiles.
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