“Get Fit with the Kings” is a platform created under NBA’s FIT initiative. Its focus is to teach Sacramento’s youth the importance of creating and living a healthy lifestyle and to encourage youth to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. UC Davis Health System and The California Endowment have teamed up with the Sacramento Kings to make this a successful program.
UC Davis Health System advances health everywhere through excellent patient care, groundbreaking research, innovative education and public service. The academic health system includes one of the country’s best medical schools, a top-ranked acute-care teaching hospital, an 800-member physician group and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. As a proud partner of the Get Fit program, UC Davis Health System is pleased to provide guidance on preventive care, fitness, strengthening and nutrition for students and their families. Working together, we can help create healthy, dynamic communities.
The California Endowment plans to invest $1 Billion into 14 selected communities in California with South Sacramento being one of the focus communities. Thus far, the program will primarily target three schools in South Sacramento – Earl Warren Elementary School, Will C. Wood Middle School and Hiram Johnson High School. Each school will tailor the partnership to best focus on their students and to enhance the pre-existing programs at the schools.
The Sacramento Kings are currently involved in the schools with ticket incentive programs, dancer and breaker clinics, health fairs and health rallies with Kings personnel. The short term goals are to improve FITNESSGRAM results on California’s statewide fitness test and to create awareness. The program’s long term goals are to educate our youth about the importance of being active and eating right and to create appealing programs that encourage living healthier lifestyles.