Saturday, March 26, 2011

Demand Grows For Innovative Program Teaching How To Fix Heart-Healthy Foods

Demand is growing in the Charlotte region for a new program teaching
kids how to fix their own healthy foods - requests are now coming from
organizations serving adults with developmental disabilities and
pediatric cardiology patients.

Kids Heart Felt Health uses high school honor students to teach
elementary and middle school students how to fix their own favorite
foods such as pizza in a fun, heart-healthy manner. The program was
begun by Claudine Lovitt after her own daughter was diagnosed with
Type 1 diabetes.

"After a recent article about our program appeared in the media, I was
contacted by the Clinical Director of Quest Provider Services," Lovitt
said. "They work with adults with developmental disabilities –
developmentally they are at the same age as our regular students,
elementary to early teen age. They have asked us to do our six-week
program for adults at their facility. We are very excited to be able
to extend our program to this community of people - something I had
never imagined when I conceived of this program."

"This hands on program sounds excellent," said Corri Digilio, Clinical
Director for Quest Provider Services in Charlotte. "We believe this
will be extremely beneficial to the individuals we serve as we promote
their optimal independence, which includes making them aware of
healthy lifestyle choices."

Lovitt has also been contacted by a local pediatric cardiologist group
about working with them and their patients, although details have not
been announced.

"We're excited about being able to raise awareness that heart disease
develops over an entire lifetime, starting in childhood, and puts
possibly the entire population of children at risk - not just obese
and overweight kids," Lovitt said. "We welcome inquiries from other
groups interested in learning how to fix heart-healthy foods."

Kids Heart Felt Health Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization,
which means donations to it are tax deductible. A portion of the
proceeds of the program will be donated to fund research for the cure
for Type 1 diabetes, Lovitt said.

For more information or to register for future programs, visit the
organization's website at