Keep Fit Program

The Texas Children’s Health Plan  (TCHP) Keep Fit program is focused on addressing childhood obesity through health education, creating opportunities for physical activity, and connecting families with weight management programs. Together, these 3 avenues help to promote healthy lifestyles among children and play a role in preventing obesity-related complications later in life.

Keep Fit encompasses all of the weight management programs for TCHP which include:

  • Dietician referrals
  • Weight Watchers
  • Teen Wow
  • Program for Healthy Bodies and Weigh of Life at Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Individual Health coaching (telephonic), and
  • Keep Fit Saturday Program

The Keep Fit Saturday Program is free for TCHP members ages 10-18 that are overweight or obese, as defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 85th percentile. Members are invited to the events through mailings, phone calls, or can self-refer by signing up to attend on our TCHP website. Members and their families learn about healthy eating, physical activity, and how to reduce screen time (time spent watching television, playing video games, or on the computer). Physical activity opportunities and weight management programs are provided through the public-private cooperative efforts of TCHP, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Dance Houston, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Texans, and the YMCA.

Community Impact in 2013

2013 Highlights:

  • 6 sessions of the Keep Fit Saturday Program
  • 2 7-week sessions
  • 4 3-week sessions
  • 147 TCHP members and their families participated for at least one Saturday
  • Special appearance of JJ Watt, Houston Texans Defensive Lineman at our Melrose Park event. He encouraged our participants to eat healthy and be active!

Locations included Melrose Park, West Orem YMCA, Livingston Junior HS, Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, Cossaboom YMCA, and Wendel D. Ley YMCA.

Across all 6 sessions:

  • 39% of participants increased vegetable consumption
  • 40% of participants decreased body mass index (BMI) and lost weight
  • 48% of participants increased fruit consumption
  • 57% of participants increased physical activity time
  • 74% of participants reduced screen time
  • 84% of participants decreased sugary drink intake (sodas, regular Gatorade and Powerade, juice, and milk)