Since 2008, Irving Healthcare Foundation has worked with other agencies, such as the Irving Family YMCA and the Irving Independent School District, as part of a Childhood Obesity Task Force (COTF). Our initial focus was reaching school-age children through after-class initiatives. Today, however, we’re focused on the entire family–not just children. So we’ve expanded our name to the Childhood & Family Obesity Task Force.
IHF seeks donations to help cover the costs for the Fit for Health program. This program provides 11 weeks of fun family fitness “boot camps” that happen throughout the year. These classes focus on helping entire families who want to reach healthy weight levels through healthy eating alternatives and increased activity. In addition to the classes, all participants have complete access to the fitness area for 11 weeks and receive a trial membership to the Irving YMCA to continue their exercise!
In 2017, IHF supported the second-year iRun Irving program. More than 9,200 elementary and middle school students each walked the equivalent of a Marathon (26.2 miles), resulting in a total of 185,895 miles walked in only a few weeks.
Funds raised from individual donors and companies help fund these great programs that seek to reverse the course of the obesity epidemic. We also use IHF’s share of the Irving Kids Charity Classic golf tournament each year for this worthy purpose.
A Smarter Student
“Thank you to everyone who made this program possible. Because of this program my family and my life have changed. I learned a lot of nutrition facts that I didn’t know. Ever since I stepped into this class, my family and I have been having home-cooked meals for the past two months. I even have started opening up the recipe book to make things myself, and they are much better than McDonald’s. To all the kids out there, McDonald’s isn’t all that great.”