Adolescent medicine specialists at the Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Medical Center are creating a web-based nutrition and fitness program for teens made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Health Initiatives program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Project TeenFit will be a comprehensive online obesity prevention program for teens that will serve as an expansion of the hospital's award-winning teen health website, TeenHealthFX.com.
Utilizing behavioral change theory, a multi-disciplinary team of adolescent health specialists will create an engaging site that enables teens to choose health-promoting habits that will last a lifetime. The program will be offered to 1,200 seventh grade students in six Morris County, New Jersey middle schools over the next three years. In addition, school assemblies, parent and community lectures and teacher training programs will introduce participants to the most current fitness and nutrition information.
The goal of Project Teen fit is to go beyond educating and informing young people about these issues and actually create behavioral changes that will favorably affect health, which will be assessed during and after the intervention. TeenFit will be one piece of a larger effort at the Goryeb Children's Hospital to tackle childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.