About the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative
The Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) is Dallas’s own health and wellness program for kids 6-12 years old and their families. Designed with our future leaders in mind, the public/private initiative empowers area youth to fight childhood obesity by creating healthy eating habits and getting fit. MyFi's goal is a lifetime of physical fitness and wellness for the citizens of Dallas.
Over the past five years, MyFi has implemented healthy eating and active living programs across Dallas, with a focus on five core components:
History of MyFi
In 2011, with a $1 million contribution from Oncor as the initial seed money, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings partnered with City of Dallas Park & Recreation Services to create a program focused on combating the alarming rates of obesity in Dallas children. This first-of-its-kind programi unites local government with corporate leaders to evaluate and leverage existing projects, and to design and implement activities supportive of healthy eating and active healthy lifestyles. Through partnerships with The Cooper Institute and Baylor's Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, MyFi measures the progress of thousands of children annually. Data have begun to show steady improvement in FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zone performance for Dallas youth, as well as a reduction in screen time.
With a well-rounded network of recreation centers capable of reaching tens of thousands of children, the City of Dallas Park & Recreation system is the primary distributor of the MyFi program, which is offered as part of the after-school program and summer camps. With an eye on expansion, MyFi Dallas now offers year-round mini-clinics, including an 8-week summer camp for more than 3,000 youth, as well as year-round citywide celebrations, special incentive events, and more than 30 other community events that spread the message to "Get Moving with MyFi!".