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Healthy-Lifestyle Intervention Program (HIP)

More than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese. When a child is overweight, it affects their self-esteem, behavior, mental health and overall well-being. Eating healthy and getting exercise are just the beginning. Through this summer program, we work with your family to turn healthy choices into lifelong habits.

Our HIP Program actively involves children ages 4-8 and their parents in promoting physical health in addition to school readiness. The program focuses on helping children to:

  • Become familiar with and increase their enjoyment of healthier food
  • Build a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle, learning, and school
  • Improve on their academic and behavioral skills they need to succeed in school
  • Improved ability to focus and follow classroom rules and routines
  • Improved emotional functioning, self-control skills, and self-esteem
  • Build teamwork, good sportsmanship, and basic sports skills

 

Check out the HIP program featured on NBC 6 news!

 

Call us at  (305) 348-3489 or email us at hernajen@fiu.edu for more information.

Dates

HIP runs from mid-June through mid-August, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exact 2018 dates will be announced soon.

Eligibility

Children between the ages of 4 and 8 on the higher end of the growth curve (BMI at the 85th percentile or higher) are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited and participants are selected through an evaluation conducted by staff. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.

Cost 

Fees for HIP vary and is in part funded by The Children’s Trust. During the application and screening process, each parent has an opportunity to meet with a representative who can answer questions concerning financial aspects associated with the program.

Register by the dates below and receive the following discounts:

  • By Feb 28th- $400 discount
  • By March 31st- $300 discount
  • By April 30th- $200 discount