Momentum is a free after-school program designed to fight childhood obesity by getting kids moving and having fun. Our goal is to help your kids form better habits through engaging exercise and nutritional education.
Where to Find Momentum
Wilkinson Junior High School
Momentum got its start at Wilkinson Junior High School in February 2015 and has offered year-round programming ever since. With oversight from program medical director Dr. Deborah Weyer, program coordinator Chloe Taylor recruits volunteers from the University of North Florida majoring in physical fitness to assist in coaching your kids in exercise routines designed to improve strength, agility, and balance.
We also introduced our monthly, nine-part nutrition program at Wilkinson Junior High School. Based on the USDA MyPlate guidelines for children and adolescents, this interactive curriculum has been fully incorporated into Wilkinson's own culinary education.
All participants will receive a MOMENTUM t-shirt:
North Florida School for Special Education
In January 2017, we brought our fitness program for children with intellectual and learning disabilities at the North Florida School for Special Education. We worked with the school's physical education instructor, physical therapist, and occupational therapist to modify our curriculum to fit the unique needs of the students here. Later this fall, we plan to add nutrition programming to the curriculum.
In June 2017, we'll bring our fitness program to children at the Sulzbacher Center. With this effort, we hope to improve the health and well-being of children in the homeless community through fun fitness activities.
PACE Center for Girls
We recently partnered with the Clay PACE Center for Girls. PACE provides at-risk middle and high school-aged girls who have been involved with the justice system an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. Momentum is proud to work alongside PACE by offering interactive sessions designed to help promote a stronger self-image, greater self-confidence, and a more robust sense of self-worth.
Safety Around Water
Swimming is a great way to stay cool in the summer, and it's great exercise, too! However, water safety education is critical for your kids; children in Florida are more likely to drown than to die in a car accident. Drowning deaths are very preventable, which is why we're excited to offer free water safety classes this summer in partnership with the First Coast YMCA.