Our very first Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight featured Dr. Christina Low Kapalu, PhD, a Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Mercy. Dr. Christina Low Kapalu spoke with us back in June 2nd, 2020, and she shared with us some helpful tips that parents can use to promote family well-being while staying home during the pandemic.
For our Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight on July 28th, 2020, we spoke with Atenas Mena, the Manager of School Health Services at Children’s Mercy. We discussed how schools could create a healthy and safe environment for their staff and students during the pandemic. You can find the report she mentions in the video here: Guidance for School Re-opening During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Our first Fit-Tastic! Spotlight of 2021 featured Mallory Moon, She shared details from the Stay Active Program and its research study. Mallory is a Research Assistant II at the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition at Children’s Mercy, and the study she shared is the Stay Active Pilot Research Study which is being conducted by Dr. Jordan Carlson, PhD. The Stay Active study includes a virtual exercise program that is offered twice a week, to school classrooms in the Kansas City metro. During the study, students are provided with Garmin activity trackers as well as family guidance for living a healthy lifestyle while at-home.
On May 14, 2021, Weighing In’s Shelly Summar interviewed Gina Lechte from Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City about their work in the Children’s Mercy Community Garden. Girls on the Run Kansas City operates with a mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls learn critical life skills such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict that they use at home, at school, and with friends.