Fit. Together.

Families learn lasting lessons for healthy lives


The 12-week Healthy Hawks program at the KU Medical Center has two facets: educational sessions with nutritionists and other health professionals, and physical exercises that are fun and beneficial for the whole family.

The first things to go were the sugary cereals. Then the soda pop.

Rhonda Jarman of Kansas City says tossing out bad-for-you foods was step one in her family’s quest for better health.

Helping the Jarmans — Rhonda, husband Kevin, and three children — on their journey was the Healthy Hawks program, based at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Participants in the 12-week sessions, offered in English and Spanish, meet weekly with experts to learn about nutrition. They also attend hourlong group physical activities.

The sessions are meant to be informative but fun at the same time. In fact, the Jarmans continued to attend the exercise classes well after they finished the program.

“We learned to be aware of how much fat and sugar is in food, and we have changed our eating habits and shopping habits as well,” Rhonda Jarman said.

A similar program, Positively Fit, exists on the Lawrence campus. So far, about 250 children and their families have benefited from the two programs.


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Maintaining weight loss a goal of center’s clinical programs

➤ Ongoing studies at the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management are helping Kansans lose weight through a combination of exercise and calorie restriction. Through clinics at the KU campus and Medical Center, more than 70 percent of participants have been able to maintain weight loss one to three years after treatment.


Latino community benefits from efforts to reduce diabetes, heart disease

➤ The Work Group for Community Health and Development focuses on reducing health disparities in Kansas City’s Latino community. The mission of the Latino Health for All Coalition is to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease by promoting nutrition, physical activity, and access to health services.


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