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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - S.T.E.P.S. for Kids Program Now Accepting Registrations

VINELAND, NJ – Registration for the next S.T.E.P.S. for Kids course are now being accepted by calling South Jersey Healthcare’s Garden AHEC department at (856) 575-4865. 

The S.T.E.P.S. for Kids program is for boys and girls, ages 8-12, who are overweight, and at risk for obesity, and their parents.  S.T.E.P.S. for Kids will be held in the new PIT room at SJH’s Fitness Connection on Saturday mornings and at the West Avenue School in Bridgeton on Tuesday evenings.  Led by an exercise specialist, a registered dietitian, and a parent facilitator, who teaches behavior modification strategies, this 10 week course, offered two hours per week, focuses on learning how to eat healthy and how to make exercise an enjoyable part of each family’s lifestyle.  The program is free, but class size is limited to 20 families. 

Now in its fourth year, S.T.E.P.S. for Kids has been recognized nationally by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) who chose this program as the 2010 Recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to a Childhood Obesity Program.  S.T.E.P.S. for Kids is a community collaborative of South Jersey Healthcare, the Bridgeton and Vineland Public Schools and the CCAYMCA.  The program was developed to address the high rate of children (over 40%)   in Cumberland County who are either overweight or obese.  Children are referred through their physician, school nurse, or parents can contact the program directly. 

Learn more about S.T.E.P.S. for Kids by calling (856) -575-4865 today.  It’s fun and it's free, but preregistration is required. Visit www.sjhsteps.com for more information.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.