Staying Fit For High Schools


Fitness and nutrition have become increasingly important issues in the United States. In 2000, 32 percent of children and adolescents between 2 and 19 years old were overweight and at risk for obesity. The Stanford School of Medicine and Thrive collaborated to develop Staying Fit, a program that targets fitness and nutrition for adolescents and young adults. Parents who choose this program for their children recognize the critical importance of physical health and its role in a young person's overall well-being.

Staying Fit promotes optimal nutrition and exercise habits. Weekly sessions emphasize healthy eating, physical activity, and body image.

Ideally Suited For

  • Students who want to practice a healthier lifestyle and feel good about their bodies
  • Young people who need to improve their physical activities and eating habits


  • Changes in self-esteem and self-image that lead to an improved outlook
  • Enhanced physical and nutritional health
  • Improved knowledge of the connections between physiology and mood
  • Decreased risk for depression as well as weight and shape concerns


Staying Fit emphasizes physical and nutritional health, rather than focusing on being thin or reaching a certain weight. Recommendations for physical activity nutrition come from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. This program incorporates food and activities the student enjoys, so change is easier to maintain. Students work toward physical activity goals and healthy eating habits that allow them to reach optimal physical, mental, and social well-being. In a study by the Stanford School of Medicine, students who took Staying Fit had decreased risk for depression as well as decreased weight and shape concerns. In addition to comprehensive assessments, novel engagement strategies, and interactive functionalities, Staying Fit focuses on developing skills including:

  • Motivation
  • Overcoming barriers to physical activity
  • Exercise and food monitoring
  • Regular eating
  • Setting physical activity goals
  • Mindful eating
  • And more

This program was developed by the Stanford University Behavioral Medicine Laboratory.