Giving families tools to support their children’s healthy growth through nourishing food, fitness and fun.
Rhode Island Food, Fitness and Fun (formerly South County Food, Fitness & Fun) is an innovative collaboration between Primary Care Physicians, URI faculty, a Pediatric Dietitian from Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a clinical psychologist and physical activity instructors. We have locations in Wakefield and Westerly. RIFFF is a 4-month weekly 75-minute educational series for 6-10 year olds and their parents/guardians. RIFFF is designed to help families make healthy lifestyle choices that can last a lifetime. Each week parents and kids meet separately for about 30 minutes with our nutrition and exercise experts. The last 15 minutes of each week are spent in a fun physical activity for caregiver and child.
Parents and children learn about and engage in a variety of lifelong physical activities. We get the kids active for 45 minutes each session and strive to tap the interests of the children and show them how they can be active whether it be running, playing ball, or hula hooping. We also engage parents/guardians in support of fun, healthy family physical activities in an effort to promote a healthy active lifestyle.Parents and children learn about and engage in a variety of lifelong physical activities. We get the kids active for 45 minutes each session and strive to tap the interests of the children and show them how they can be active whether it be running, playing ball, or hula hooping. We also engage parents/guardians in support of fun, healthy family physical activities in an effort to promote a healthy active lifestyle.
Since our aim is to change behaviors, we assess the kids’ physical activity & nutrition habits as well as sleep and quality of life before and after the program. In addition, we follow up with your doctor in one and two years to see how your child is doing. The program has been an URI Institutional Approved Board (IRB) study since it’s beginning in 2009.
RIFFF Description of Program
The Effect of a Family-Based Dietary Intervention on Dietary Fiber Density in Children Ages 6-11 Years. Dietary fiber plays an important role for weight management; yet, few interventions have explored changes in fiber intake pre- and post-intervention. This study determined whether a family-based weight management intervention had an effect on energy-adjusted dietary fiber intake. Sixty children aged 6 to 11 […]
Community-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention for Children Who Are Overweight or Obese and Their Caregivers There is a need for efficacious interventions to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity, and a limited body of research suggests that collaborative community-based programs designed for children and their caregivers may be effective in reducing obesity rates. This […]
The Impact of a Community-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention Program on Children’s Physical Activity and Fitness The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of South County Food, Fitness and Fun (SCFFF), a 16-week community-based obesity prevention program, on children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), physical fitness, body mass index (BMI), and BMI […]
September 24 to November 12 (8 weeks)
Time & Place: Every Tuesdays from5:30pm to 6:30pm at Gym @ Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI02879