Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids Program Creates Unique Partnership with YMCA
Innovative changes brings children’s health and wellness program into community
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2014 – Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids program is creating an innovative new partnership with the YMCA of Central Florida. This first-of-its-kind partnership will allow the medical professionals in the Healthy 100 Kids program, which works with overweight and obese children, to utilize multiple YMCA Family Centers around Central Florida, making the program more accessible and convenient for families.
“We are very excited about this new partnership with the YMCA,” said Marla Silliman, administrator of Florida Hospital for Children. “This will be a major shift not only in how we connect with the community but also how we create a healthier community.”
Healthy 100 Kids is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to help kids stay active and provide parents with valuable information, tools and resources about healthy living. The Healthy 100 Kids team consists of four medical professionals specializing in pediatrics and weight management, nutrition, exercise and psychology. Healthy 100 Kids is a part of the overarching and community focused Healthy 100 program, which is Florida Hospital’s initiative to improve the health of all of Central Florida.
“The Healthy 100 Kids program has worked with more than 1,500 families during the past three years,” said Dr. Angela Fals, medical director of Healthy 100 Kids. “We have been working with families throughout the Central Florida area and beyond. By moving our program from a standard office setting into multiple neighborhood YMCAs, we are going to create a truly unique partnership that will expand the reach of our program and help more families live healthier lives.”
The partnership with the YMCA of Central Florida will create satellite clinics in three locations where the medical professionals will conduct initial consultations with families and follow-up visits. The new partnership will also allow easier access for families to YMCA wellness centers and increase exercise options for getting active.
“This is a perfect partnership where both organizations deliver on their strengths to solve a very serious community issue,” said Jim Ferber, President and CEO of the YMCA of Central Florida. “We are thrilled to make the Healthy 100 Kids program convenient and accessible to families in our neighborhood-level YMCAs. With the Y touching more than 11,000 kids a day in our YMCA family centers and programs, I have no doubt that together we will curb the epidemic of childhood obesity in Central Florida.”
The three locations include the YMCA Aquatic & Family Center on International Drive, Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center in Winter Park and the Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center in east Orlando. Additionally, families will have access to a variety of specially designed workshops at the YMCA locations. The Healthy 100 Kids program currently offers workshops on topics such as self-image, healthy eating, exercise and more. With the new partnership, families will have more convenient access in a variety of locations throughout Central Florida.
For more information on the Healthy 100 Kids program, visit www.Healthy100Kids.org.
For more information, contact Florida Hospital Media Relations at 407-303-8217.