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GOAL is a free, family-focused community approach to encouraging healthy lifestyles for children and their families through nutrition, behavior and physical activity education. This program, and all continuing education opportunities, are offered at no cost to the families and are made possible by a unique partnership unlike any other program offered in Indiana.
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. Children and their families receive education and support on how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet – even at family holiday dinners – and identify high- and low-calorie foods, increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviors, develop a positive body image, build stronger familial relationships and gain confidence to try new foods and overcome obstacles and barriers to an active and balanced lifestyle.
GOAL 2.0 is a new program that extends our nutrition information from GOAL into an eight-week program with a registered dietitian. For four weeks, the dietitian provides hands-on cooking lessons with the children and their parents to teach the basics of meal preparation and involve kids in the process.
The remaining four weeks are spent in discussions of meal planning, shopping on a budget, last-minute meals, recipe modification and other topics for the parents, with basic nutrition education activities for the kids. The class also pairs families with IU Department of Kinesiology students in the health fitness specialist major to kick off the dietitian classes with fun physical activities. Students also participate in the cooking lesson with their paired family.
During the second half of the program, GOAL 2.0 provides group physical activity, one-on-one physical activity sessions with the kids and one-on-one individualized health coaching with the parents.
Thank you to all of our GOAL community partners: