Get Onboard Active Living

G.O.A.L. (Get Onboard Active Living) is a free, family-focused community approach to encouraging healthy lifestyles for children and their families through nutrition, behavior and physical activity education.

The G.O.A.L. program is a cooperation with community partners providing medical, behavioral, nutrition, and physical activity education and support.  This program and all continuing education opportunities, offered at no cost to the families, are made possible by a dynamic partnership that is unlike any other program offered in Indiana.

The mission of the G.O.A.L. program is to provide kids and families the opportunity to receive education and support on nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral habits in order to make positive life-long changes for an active lifestyle. The goals of the program are to teach and encourage participants and their families to:

  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet even in difficult situations (e.g. family gatherings, holidays, and parties)
  • Identify high-calorie, low-nutrient foods
  • Increase physical activity
  • Reduce sedentary behaviors
  • Gain confidence to try new foods and activities
  • Learn to overcome obstacles and barriers to an active and balanced lifestyle
  • Work to develop a positive body image and increase self-esteem
  • Build stronger familial relationships
  • Pursue other healthy interests 

Children (ages 6-18 years) with BMI’s at or above the 85th percentile are referred by their primary care physician.G.O.A.L. program has three cohorts a year starting in January, May, and September.

GOAL Continuing Education Opportunities

GOAL 2.0 is a new program that focuses on the application of our nutrition information from GOAL.

It is an 8-week program working with a Registered Dietitian; for four weeks, the dietitian will do a cooking lesson with the children and their parents. The lessons are hands-on in order to teach the basics of cooking and involving children in the preparation process.The other four weeks are discussions regarding meal planning, shopping on a budget, last-minute meals, recipe modification, etc. for the parents, and basic nutrition education activities for the kids.

The class also pairs with IU Department of Kinesiology students in the health fitness specialist major. Each week that the families are with the dietitian, the IU students will start the session with fun physical activity and then participate in the cooking lesson with the family they have been “assigned” to. On the discussion weeks, there is group physical activity, and then one-on-one physical activity sessions with the kids, and one-on-one individualized health coaching with the parents.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Dooley, G.O.A.L. program director, at or (812).353.5040.

And thank you to all of our G.O.A.L. community partners:

  • Indiana University Health Bloomington
  • Riley Physicians
  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
  • Monroe County YMCA
  • Monroe County Community School Corporation
  • Richland Bean-Blossom Community School Corporation
  • IU School of Public Health - Bloomington, Department of Applied Health Science
  • IU Department of Kinesiology
  • IU School of Nursing
  • IU School of Informatics and Computing