Alexian Fit Pals App Helps Curb Childhood Obesity
Fresh off the heels of a 2nd place finish in the The Fittest Loser competition, the Links Technology team is making a splash in the fitness arena again.
You may have remembered that we launch an Android Fitness app to help support the Alexian Fit Pals program back in February. Well, the program is off to a resounding start and the results are in for the first four months. We are ecstatic to report that 59% of children in the program have reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) and are feeling fitter than ever. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight and, given the fact that they are still growing, is more indicative of a child’s progress in weight loss programs as compared to weight alone.
This is a huge milestone for the program and further highlights the benefits of combining technology with solid education. The app serves as a reminder to children to stay on track with regards to their eating and fitness goals and provides a journaling system so they can track their progress over time. All of this success, of course, would not be possible without the support of local park districts and organizations who have generously granted access to their facilities and have hosted a variety of fitness meet-ups for the children. Alexian Fit Pals partners include Dundee Township Park District, Elk Grove Park District, Hoffman Estates Park District, Schaumburg Park District, Streamwood Park District and the Golden Corridor Family YMCA.
Links Technology is proud to be a part of this noble effort and we look forward to the continued success of the children as they improve their health. We will be providing updates throughout the year as the program progresses. Stay tuned!