Culture • Energy • Balance

FIT For Health


The Families Improving Together (FIT) for Health program builds family habits for nutrition and physical activity that may reduce the risk of burdensome chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and lead to a lifetime of health and wellness.

The FIT for Health program is for the entire family but oriented for parents with children 8+ years of age, (although younger children are welcome at the classes).

The program draws from research in Family Systems Theory and Self-Determination Theory which suggests that family dynamics and self motivation in youth can have significant influences on health and weight management (Kitzman-Ulrich et al, 2011). Therefore, FIT incorporates additional programming elements designed to improve family dynamics through positive parenting techniques that motivates the youth to take ownership of their health by making healthier nutritional choices and increasing physical activity. 


Class Contents

Week 1 – Introduction & Registration Forms

Week 2 – Run In (Physical Activity & Nutrition)

Week 3 – Goal Setting

Week 4 – Energy Balance

Week 5 – Communication

Week 6 – Portion Distortion

Week 7 – Screen Time & Family Meetings

Week 8 – Junk Food, Fast Food, & Soda

Week 9 – Social Support & Communication

Week 10 – Slipping up

Week 11 – Potluck celebration and review.


FIT (Families Improving Together) FOR HEALTH, is a free 11 week healthy lifestyle program for families created by a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.*

The YMCA OF METROPOLITAN DALLAS serves Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Southern Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, and Cooke counties. Programs can be held at job sites, recreation centers, churches, YMCA branches or anywhere else that a need exists in the communities we serve. New classes are offered based on interest so please call to find out about classes starting near you.


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*NIH R03HD070356 Dr. Heather Kitzman, Baylor Scott & White Health