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Non-profit group iN Education launching wellness effort in Northeast Ohio

An Akron nonprofit venture wants to pump up the level of fitness and wellness across the community. iN Education is launching a new program this week called iN Fitness USA. The program is designed to help children and their families battle obesity with a combination of counseling, fitness programs and assistance from a dietitian and […]

An Akron nonprofit venture wants to pump up the level of fitness and wellness across the community.

iN Education is launching a new program this week called iN Fitness USA.

The program is designed to help children and their families battle obesity with a combination of counseling, fitness programs and assistance from a dietitian and personal trainer, said DeAndre Nixon, founder and president of iN Education.

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”We are asking people to join the movement,” said Nixon, who also serves as chair and president of the Buchtel Neighborhood Group in Akron. ”It’s going to take a whole community to make some changes.”

iN Education currently offers career technical training programs for middle school and high school students, largely through programs such as the YMCA or other community organizations.

Nixon decided to expand into health education after hearing the need for more wellness and fitness education for children and their families.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 nationwide are obese.

The iN Fitness program will cost $125 per person annually or $500 for a family of five or more.

Full and partial scholarships also will be available, Nixon said.

”We don’t want to leave out anybody,” he said. ”The underserved people are the most obese, unfortunately, because of the cost of healthy foods and low activity. We need to get them active and out of the house.”

The organization plans to use area schools, church gyms and parks so many of the fitness activities can be offered to families for free, Nixon said.

The group is seeking hospitals, insurance companies, churches, schools and other organizations to financially support the effort and offer the program to their members and constituents.

Cheryl Powell is a health reporter for The Akron Beacon Journal, the daily newspaper in Akron and a syndication partner of MedCity News.

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