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Take 5 for Life

Did you know that youth, between the ages of 6 to 19 or approximately 25 percent, are severely overweight or obese? And in youth between the ages of 5-10, 61 percent have one or more cardiovascular risk factors.

To combat these staggering statistics, Take 5 for Life offers a 12-week interactive, developmentally and age appropriate fitness and nutrition program for 5th grade students in the Northwest Indiana area. The program is correlated to the State of Indiana Department of Education’s Curriculum Standards in Health and Physical Education.

Take 5 for Life program has five tenets: Be Physically Active, Eat Healthy/Drink Healthy, Manage Your Mind, Get Adequate Rest and Feel Good About Yourself.

Since 2004, generous donations and grant funding have allowed the Take 5 for Life program to reach over 2,500 students – FREE of charge - in the following communities: East Chicago, Hammond, Hobart, Lake Ridge and Whiting, Indiana. Held during the school day, in collaboration with the classroom teacher, the Take 5 for Life program begins with pre-program assessments including physiological data collection (i.e. blood pressure, waist measurements, body mass index, lean muscle mass, etc.) and a nutrition/lifestyle survey. The assessments are followed by 10 weeks of standards based lessons on fitness, nutrition and health combined with a pedometer competition. Students set individual and class “step” goals each week in attempt to outstep other classes in their school as well as outstep other schools in their community.

During the program, “Parent Forums” are held to educate parents about healthy family eating as well provide family fitness educational materials. Post-program assessments are conducted at the end of the program, in addition to award accomplishments. A school “Take 5 for Life” banner and trophies for winning classes/schools are presented. At the conclusion of the program, Take 5 for Life data is analyzed and confidential student progress reports are sent to parents regarding overall steps taken, knowledge gained, physical improvements made, etc. In addition, educators receive reports regarding their student’s achievements. Summary reports are sent to funders, donors, as well as school administrators.

Call 219-924-5348 and ask for Phrosini Samis-Smith ( for business partnerships, an application or more information about
Take 5 for Life.