The Fit-Tastic! Healthcare Sector of the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative provides support, technical assistance, educational outreach, supporting materials and training opportunities for providers working with patients and their families on promoting healthy eating and active living behaviors to prevent and treat obesity.
The Healthy Lifestyles Initiative methodology is based off of national work from NICHQ-Collaborate for Healthy Weight. This methodology crosses 3 sectors (Government, Community, and Healthcare) in various settings (schools, early childhood, workplace, and PCP offices) to reach children and families where they live, study, work and play. It is centered on creating customized MAPPS for Change.
M- Consistent use of message (12345 Fit-Tastic!).
A- Consistent assessment of weight status and lifestyle behaviors.
P- Customized healthy lifestyle plan for all.
P- Policies & environments that enable healthy eating and active living.
S- Stories & Statistics on message reach, assessment/plans completed and policy/ environmental changes made.