Partner Spotlights

Partner Spotlight videos features Fit-Tastic! partners and their work.

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Dr. Christina Low Kapalu, PhD, is a Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Mercy and shares some helpful tips for parents about how to promote family well-being while staying at home during the pandemic.

The second weekly video for Fit-Tastic! at Home features Laura Steele from BikeWalk KC talking about how to be physical activty during COVID-19.

In our third installment of the Fit-Tastic! at Home video series, we chat with Angel Obert from Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation about ways to stay safe and physically active while enjoying parks during COVID-19.

Our fourth installment of the Fit-Tastic! at Home video series features Broderick Crawford. Broderick is the Executive Director of the NBC Community Development Corporation, and during the interview he highlights his work to revive the Jersey Creek Trail in northeast Wyandotte County, and how it relates to systemic disinvestment, racism, and redlining.

In our fifth interview highlighting 12345 Fit-Tastic! partners, we talked with Max Kaniger, the Founder and Executive Director of Kanbe’s Markets. In response to the pandemic and the increasing demand for fresh food, Kanbe’s Markets has used its warehouse to store and distribute fresh produce with local organizations that are serving the KC community.

To celebrate July as Parks and Recreation Month, Wellness Coordinator Alison Smith from 12345 Fit-Tastic! partner Johnson County Park and Recreation District joined us to share ways that families can be physically active and safe in parks during COVID-19.

In our seventh installment of the Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight videos, we chatted with Sandy Reece, a Registered Dietitian at Johnson County WIC. Over the past year, Johnson County WIC has made a goal to educate parents and children about the importance of reducing sugary beverages and increasing water intake. During this interview, Sandy highlights resources to help families reduce sugary beverage intake as well as general information about changes to WIC’s operations during COVID-19.

Our eighth Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight features Atenas Mena, the Manager of School Health Services at Children’s Mercy. We discuss how schools can 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

The ninth Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight highlights the for cardiorespiratory fitness in kids. Weighing In Director Dr. Robin Shook talks with Dr. David White from Children’s Mercy about a recent article shared by the American Heart Association on how aerobic testing can improve kids’ health, from Dr. Geetha Raghuveer from Children’s Mercy. 

The tenth Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight features Weighing In’s Emily Meissen-Sebelius talking with Michelle Dake, the Director of Youth Initiatives at KC Healthy Kids, about the Champions for Health program. The Champions for Health program teaches students how their surroundings impact their health and how they can create change through advocacy. From school gardens to PE equipment to funds towards a new playground, these student-led projects have made a big impact in their schools and communities. This year, students can think creatively about how to advocate for healthy opportunities, whether that’s for in-person or virtual learning.

In this Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight, we visit again with Alison Smith from Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) to talk about their new Learning Hubs. There are five Learning Hubs planned for JCPRD park facilities, and they are designed to “provide in-person places for students in grades one through eight to safely learn and enjoy enrichment experiences as school reopening plans continue to fluctuate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In the Partner Spotlight leading up to the Kansas City Physical Activity Summit, Dr. Robin Shook from Weighing In was joined by Dr. Bill Kohl, Research Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Health Education University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Kohl introduced his work creating the National Physical Activity Plan, and shared some good advice on how Kansas City can use that plan to improve physical activity rates locally.

This week’s Partner Spotlight featured Elizabeth Wilson from Weighing In, who presented research on the state of physical activity in the Kansas City Region. The 2020 Kansas City Regional Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (KCPA Report Card) is the first installment of a comprehensive evaluation of the state of physical activity of the population of the Kansas City region, with an emphasis on the activity of children and youth.

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