Free ‘n Fit!SM - Managing Nutrition & Fitness
A Capital BlueCross Healthy Lifestyle Management program for CHIP children and their parents.
Free ‘n Fit!SM provides you with the tools you and your child need to improve your nutrition and fitness levels. You’ll benefit from FREE health coaching and health education over the phone by trained Healthyroads nutrition and activity coaches. You and your child can be involved in the program together. There are no classes to attend.
With Free ‘n Fit!SM you can learn how to help your child make simple changes that will lead to a lifetime of good health and fitness.
- It’s Easy. From the comfort of your own home, receive expert instruction and advice – no driving to clinics or running to meetings.
- It’s supportive and Complete. You’re not in this alone – our staff of coaches, nurses, dietitians, and personal trainers, is committed to helping your child learn to live healthier by balancing their food and activity choices. There are many tools at your fingertips – telephone coaching sessions, educational materials, customized meal and activity plans tailored to your child’s interests, and much more.
- It’s personalized. We know that a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work. That’s why you and your child benefit from one-on-one coaching.
- It’s Practical. We help you to put together a no-nonsense plan that is right for your child.
Could you and your child benefit from participating in Free ‘n Fit!SM?
Call us at 1.877.330.2746 to learn more.
Information about your child and adolescent BMI and related health conditions can be obtained at the Centers for Disease Control Web site.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
Here in Central Pennsylvania, as well as across the United States, childhood obesity is the #1 threat to our children’s health. Simply teaching them healthy eating habits is more important now than ever before. We at Capital BlueCross care about your children’s health and want to help you help your kids make healthy choices.
Help your kids take an active role in fighting childhood obesity. Below you will find important information and links to useful sites that will make it a little easier to make healthy choices for you and your children.
Each year your child has his or her Body Mass Index (BMI) measured at school. You can learn more about BMI, what the value means, and calculate your child's BMI by yourself by accessing the CDC website.
Get tips for keeping your 3-13 year-old at a healthy weight from a collaboration of four National Institutes of Health.
Physical activity and regular exercise are key to maintaining healthy weight and reducing risk for disease. There are many websites that share ideas and tips for getting up, getting out, becoming and staying active. Below are a few links to get you started.
The Centers for Disease Control
Ways to become more physically active and the benefits of physical activity for all ages.
President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
Enter the reading room for resources on starting a physical activity program.
Everyone can make healthy easy with energy balance!
nrgBalance (short for "energy balance") is a health promotion brand developed by the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital (Center). Launched in 2008, nrgBalance provides school and community health leaders with resources and programs to encourage youth and their families to eat healthy and be active. You will find great ideas for getting active and nutrition tips when you click the "for families" and "for teens" tabs.
In order to maintain an active lifestyle as well as grow up to be healthy, your child needs the right foods in the right amounts. Learn about your family's nutritional needs and how to meet them.
All you ever wanted to know about nutritional needs at any age. This site also makes learning about nutrition fun with interactive games for your child to play (while learning).
Food and Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) has been a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. FNIC's web site provides a directory to credible, accurate and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Food and Nutrition
This link provides detailed information about the following programs: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, After school Snack Program, Child and Adult Care Food Programs, At-Risk Program, Summer Food Service Program and Nutrition Education and Training.
Meatless Monday is a national health campaign to help Americans prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer - four of the leading causes of death in America.