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FOCUSED Gets Kids Healthy and Active

December 29, 2015 | By Breanna Cotton

A new after-school program at Cullen Middle School is helping students learn about healthy food

choices and increase their daily amount of physical activity. FOCUSED (Facilitators Of Change for Unique

Students Through Exercise and Diet) started classes in September and is free for up to 50 Cullen Middle

School scholars. On Monday through Thursday of each week after school, students spend one hour on

physical activities such as cardio training, muscle strengthening, and other fitness programs, followed by

30 minutes of education and information about healthy eating and nutrition.

The program is funded by a grant from Harris County Hospital District Foundation Children’s Health

Fund, whose mission is to enhance the behavioral and physical health of children from disadvantaged

backgrounds. Recent research revealed that nearly 40 percent of children who live in OST/South Union

are overweight or obese and nearly 80 percent don’t engage in the recommended amount of physical

activity each day.

Wythel Rogers, project manager of FOCUSED and former GO Neighborhood UH Graduate College of

Social Work intern and Cullen parent, is pleased with the progress of students who participate in the

program and says, “I can already see the difference it makes when we empower kids to improve their

own physical and behavioral health by using positive affirmations instead of negative put-downs. Small

changes like that can end up making a big difference in a child’s life.”

The FOCUSED program has a few openings remaining for current Cullen Middle School students. For

information about how to register, contact Wythel Rogers at 832-919-6508 or focusedcms@gmail.com.