As a convener and funder, Making Kane County Fit for Kids fights childhood obesity through its signature program the “Implementation of Fit Kid 2020 Plan”. Fit for Kids collaborates with community organizations, schools, day care centers, municipalities, and other partners by supporting implementation projects that aligned with the Fit Kids 2020 Plan and produce healthy lifestyles for Kane County Kids.
Twice a year, Fit for Kids announces Requests for Proposals through Kane County communication venues. Priority consideration is given to projects that do the following: 1) contribute to strategies in Fit Kids 2020 Plan, 2) include data collection and project impact evaluations, 3) are ready to proceed and leverage other funding, 4) have the greatest impact on high risk or at-risk populations, including low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations, 5) and create lasting change. To date, Fit for Kids have provided over $700,000 for more than 100 implementation projects in Kane County.
Fit for Kids also hosts National Walk to School Day and funds Parents Teacher Organizations with healthy initiative grants. In 2018, 82 elementary and middle schools participated and more than 20,000 students walked, biked, or participated in school activities. Kane County ranked #1 with the highest participation per county in Illinois. For 8 years, National Walk to School Day has been a catalyst for encouraging physical activity for thousands of students and igniting year round healthy habits both at school and home.