KIDS FOR THE CURE (K4C) PROGRAM
The mission of the K4C program is to improve the quality of life of our youth by teaching them the different things they can do daily that will help prevent cancer.
This year is the 3rd year that the K4C program has been implemented within our local schools. For SY 2013 – 2014, the program was completed in 7 public schools and 1 private school, reaching 51 classes and over 1200 elementary students.
There is a 2-part component of the K4C Program:
Child will take part in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital curriculum. This program teaches about cells, cancer and healthy life choices to reduce the risk of cancer. St. Jude is a humanitarian hospital based in Memphis, TN, dedicated to advancing cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of the hospital’s founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Strides for the Cure is a local non-profit organization that raises proceeds from their 2K/5K Run/Walk event in October to be used towards island-wide public awareness campaigns and annual events that transform the way our youth talks about and treats cancer.
We believe that cancer education is important for elementary-school for two main reasons:
In the United States, two out of three families will know someone who has cancer. Even though cancer is a common disease in our society, children and adults still have many false ideas about cancer; our program can help to dispel these myths at an early age.
Many unhealthy habits that can increase the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, like diabetes, begin in childhood. Teaching children how to develop healthy habits can reduce their risk of chronic illness as adults.
2) Physical Fitness Program:
The Strides for the Cure has prepared a Physical Fitness Program with outdoor activities that will help each child determine his/her fitness level and improve their skills throughout the program.
Young children especially need at least thirty minutes of exercise each day and a healthy diet. Helping with the facilitation of The Kids for the Cure Physical Fitness Program, coaches from Custom Fitness help to ensure that these needs are met in an educational and fun way. Our hope is that the children will form these healthy habits that they will take with them into their adolescent and adult years. At Strides for the Cure, we believe that children don’t need to wait until they are older to start living healthy.
The K4C program relies on forms of measurement to gauge the effectiveness of the curriculum and the physical fitness regimen. There are pre and post tests that help measure the children’s retention in regards to the curriculum from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Cancer Research program. In addition, there are pre and post tests that measure the growth in strength and physical capabilities.
Contact Charly Lauron at 687-5572, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Karina Quito at 727-1475, email email@example.com for more information.