The mission of Kids Work It Out is to promote optimum health in mind, body and spirit through a comprehensive yoga-based approach that reduces anxiety, prevents childhood obesity and increases self-esteem. Founded in 2005 by Danialle Karmanos, KWIO is a Wayne State University Center for Health and Community Impact program that delivers quality programming to give children the tools to make healthy choices.
To achieve its mission, KWIO reaches hundreds of kids each year through a 10-week yoga and nutrition program offered in elementary schools in the fall and winter. A six-week summer program is also offered for elementary-age children in schools and community centers.
The Current Climate in Children’s Health
Schools in Michigan (K-8) are not required to provide recess or physical education (Source: Michigan Department of Education)
More than 25 percent of all U.S. health-care costs are related to obesity and inactivity. (Source: Anderson, et al, 2005)
Michigan ranks in the top quarter of the country for obese children and adults.
Over half of Detroit’s children under 18 live in poverty. (Source: Data Driven Detroit)
Nearly four in five Detroit Public Schools students received free or reduced-price meals at school. (Source: Data Driven Detroit)
More than half of Detroit households with children under 18 participated in Michigan’s Food Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps. (Source: Data Driven Detroit)
Our ProgramOur yoga-based approach is anchored by a weekly theme and unique 1-hour formula. We follow the same schedule each week: Introduction, Breathing, Yoga, Relaxation, Nutrition, and Review. Our formula is designed for optimum retention and participation from our students.
1 Hour Formula
Transforming the lives of Children — and counting!
I thought I would not like yoga at first. Now, I love it and have taught my family what I learned in class
- Third Grade Student, Academy of International Studies
The program has become an integral part of my physical-education program and the classroom teachers as well as the students look forward to this 10-week session every year.
- PE Teacher, Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle School