The Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) is a public/private partnership led by City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and community and business leaders—is ready to make long-term improvements in the way Dallas children eat, play and live.
The statistics surrounding children and obesity are alarming. When children are obese and inactive, they are much more likely to develop early onset of one or more of 20 chronic diseases. These health problems have a significant impact on a child’s physical and emotional well-being and their ability to learn and lead productive lives.
Despite these discouraging facts, there is good news and hope for Dallas children—the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative. Through this first-of-its kind program, Camp Fire and MyFi are uniting to evaluate and leverage existing projects, and design and implement new activities supportive of healthy eating and active living.
A unique aspect of the program is its commitment to ongoing assessment. The program will utilize a consistent measurement tool to chart each participant’s progress and success, and create an individualized health action plan for every child.