About Us

STEPS for Kids was formed because of a recognition that continues today of the need to address childhood weight to reduce related illnesses now and in the future.   The idea for the program came through a community collaboration of Inspira Health (then South Jersey Healthcare), Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and the Vineland Public School system.

Together, they applied for a NJ Health Initiative (NJHI) Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and learned in July 2007, that they were awarded a three year grant.  The collaborative was the only NJHI grantee in the category of childhood obesity.

For the next three years, with dietitians from Inspira, staff and the the Healthy Kids curriculum from the YMCA and recruitment of participants from elementary school nurses, STEPS for Kids served children 8-12 years old who were above the 85th percentile of body mass index (BMI) and their families.  The program focused on delivering lessons that would make families better consumers of food in and outside of the home, while increasing physical activity and coping skills.  

When funding expired from RWJF in 2010, Inspira Health stepped in with the funding to keep the STEPS for Kids program active.  To date, the program is still offered as a free resource for the Cumberland County area community.

Currently, STEPS continues grow as it serves the families of Cumberland County, expanding its services from treatment to prevention, community outreach and now, family and individual counseling.
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