Read the FAQ list so you can get started helping kids learn about healthy lifestyle choices.

Q: What is fit?
A: fit is a system of accessible resources and programs for children, families, and educators to instill sustainable healthy habits. fit is comprised of two foundational parts:

1. Programs and activities that empower children and their families to make healthy lifestyle choices.
2. A unique content model highlighting four key factors of healthy choices and behavior change: recharge (sleep and relaxation), mood (motivation), food (nutrition) and move (physical activity). 

Q: Is it really free?
A: Yes! fit is a health initiative supported through the philanthropy of T. Denny Sanford. 

Q: Are fit units and games aligned to standards?
A: fit programs align with the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Competencies. Health behavior outcomes align with the Centers for Disease Control Health Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Additionally, fit exemplifies the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework. 

Q: How do I use fit?
A: All fit programs and resources can function as health promotion activities, a curriculum supplement, or a school-wide program.  

Q: How do I get started?
A: Start with a quick activity or present an interactive lesson.

Q: Do I have to teach the units in a particular order?
A: You can follow the Unit or Game sequence, or mix and match to meet your needs.

Q: What is the duplication policy?
A: All of the fit materials are available in a digital format. Prefer a printed copy?  Go ahead and print from your computer, tablet, or phone! All material may be reproduced for educational purposes.

Q: Is your program evidence based?
A: fit is an application of evidence-based theories and models. Throughout the development and design process, a number of formative and pilot studies have informed the fit programs and resources. Currently, we are partnered with researchers at Michigan State University to conduct a feasibility study. We're always looking for new opportunities to conduct research and evaluate the impact of our programs and resources.

The following publications provide information about the evidence and theoretical models supporting fit

  1. Suzanne E. Williams & Donna Hardie (2019) Introduction to Sanford Health Children’s Health & Fitness (fit) Initiative: A Physical and Emotional Health Promotional Intervention, American Journal of Health Education, 50:3, 159-166, DOI: 10.1080/19325037.2019.1590257

  2. Williams SE, Nachtigall N, Hardie D (2018) Children's Physical and Emotional Health Promotional Intervention: Sanford Health Fitness (Fit) Initiative. J Child Obes S1-003.