How are FitWit, llc and The FitWit Foundation, 501c3 connected?   We share the same founders. FitWit, llc adult members monthly fees provide 30% of The FitWit Foundation’s monthly funding.  FitWit also hosts a yearly banquet, field day, and community socials for their adult members that raise proceeds directly for The FitWit Foundation. FitWit members take up a large portion of our volunteer database.

What schools are you in?     Collectively, we have run 29 programs, in 10 different locations and served over 685 students. Recent locations we have served include: Maynard H. Jackson High School, Decatur High School, Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club, Renfroe Middle School, and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Middle School.

With all that teachers have to do, how do you get them to be a club advisor?     We provide a $500 stipend to teachers/school staff members as well as free membership to the adult bootcamp through FitWit, llc.  We also partner with local university students through internship and volunteer programs to become club advisors.  On top of receiving a stipend and fitness camp membership, The FitWit Foundation provides each club advisor with: a full day of training led by FitWit’s certified personal trainers, an Advisor manual, as well as all the necessary materials and support to run FitWit Club effectively at their school.

How do you choose what schools you are in?  We focus schools that have been labeled by the government as “priority” or “under performing” in Metro Atlanta due to low test schools and/or graduation rates. A majority of these schools are also considered Title I, which means greater than 40% of their student population is considered low income and using government assistance. However, under certain conditions, we will offer FitWit Club to schools that do not fall under the “priority” or Metro Atlanta categories.

Don’t these students have gym class?  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6–17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.2 In a CDC survey, only 29% of high school students surveyed had participated in at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity on all 7 days before the survey, only 31% attended physical education class daily, with 41% of those being 9th-grade students and only 24% 12th-grade students.

How do you get the students to join your programs?   Recruitment methods vary by school and is typically left up to the club advisor.  Gaining attention and developing relationships with students during lunch or other school activities has proven successful as well as asking teachers and staff to refer students to the program.

What do you mean by “building character”? How do you measure that?  The five areas of character we look at are: Empowerment, Social Support, Resilience, Physical self-perception, and Psychological self-perception. We measure this through a series of questions that participants answer before and after the program.

Each program is designed with a character trait as its theme. For example, this year’s theme is “Stepping into your Challenge Zone”. Students journal after each workout on specific daily topic or quote that applies to the overall theme.

How are you supported/funded by?   In addition to shared equipment, trainer access, and other fitness resources, FitWit, LLC donates 3% of each members monthly membership fee to The FitWit Foundation through its Live Fit, Give Fit model. This provides 30% of The FitWit Foundation’s yearly budget. The FitWit Foundation relies on individual donations as well as proceeds from annual fundraising events to provide the remainder of funding needs.

What makes your work different from all the other nonprofits working towards fighting obesity?  While decreasing obesity and improving fitness are important to us, our primary aim lies in using fitness as the vehicle to empower children to believe in themselves and strive for success every day. Although we have FitWit Clubs in a couple of middle schools, high school age students are our focus, which is not common. High School students are busy, that’s for sure, but they still can be influenced greatly. All club meetings are tailored for students not involved in sports, designed to accommodate all fitness levels in a non-competitive environment.

When and Where do the clubs meet?   Club meeting time, days, and locations vary by school, but a majority of all the clubs meet right after school, 2x/week, on the school campus.

Still have more questions, email us: foundation@fitwit.com.