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Grow 2B Fit

More than a third of children under 18 in Tucson, AZ, live in poverty, and the city’s low-income groups bear a disproportionate burden of obesity and chronic disease. Canyon Ranch Institute and the Grow 2B Fit Foundation partnered in 2014 to help families advance their health literacy and improve their health outcomes.

BACKGROUND

The Grow 2B Fit Foundation is non-profit organization that works with families in Tucson, AZ, to help them learn about nutrition, exercise, and how to maintain healthy lifestyle habits. Founded by Jessica Schultz, M.D., a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Tucson, Grow 2B Fit offers programming including Recipe for a Healthy Family, where families come together for a nutrition class and to learn how to exercise together.

In 2014, Canyon Ranch Institute and Grow 2B Fit partnered with Apollo Middle School to pilot the CRI Healthy Community program, which helps families learn how to cook and eat healthier food, manage their stress, and enjoy more healthy family activities together. The full program, for children ages 10 to 14 and their parents or caregivers, began in the fall of 2015 at Apollo Middle School on Tucson’s south side, a primarily low-income and Hispanic neighborhood whose residents regularly experience poor health, particularly chronic diseases.

As a partner in the CRI Healthy Community, Grow 2B Fit assists with program planning, development and evaluation, as well as volunteer recruitment.

How We’re Making a Difference

The CRI Healthy Community program at Apollo Middle School is helping kids and families in Tucson forge a deeper and more lasting relationship with healthy living. Pilot program participants reported they eat healthier, know more about health and wellness, exercise more, cook at home more often, eat at fast food restaurants less often, manage their stress better, are less depressed, have started a garden, do more activities with their family, lost weight, and are happier in their lives.

To learn more about Grow 2B Fit, visit www.grow2bfit.org.