After Fran Bishop launched two highly successful companies--Aerobodies in 1992, known for its unique wellness programs, and AFC Management in 1997, known for its health technoogy solutions--she was looking for a way to give back. The opportunity presented itself when an overweight girl named Lisa Perez called Fran's office. She had seen one of Fran's fitness programs advertised
at $499 and had mistakenly thought it meant $4.99.
That courageous phone call was an inspiration to Fran and she started to think of ways to provide an online health and fitness program specifically designed for kids. MECKids was born and was officially launched in 2009.
What Are the Benefits of MECKids?
The MEC in MECKids stands for Motivating, Educating, and Connecting. Kids can use the social platform MECKids offers to track their fitness and health goals. Signup is a quick and easy process for both students and teachers. Once kids are signed in, they can log their food intake and physical activities every day.
Some of the many benefits for kids include:
- Motivation to form new and better habits.
- A safe, COPPA-compliant environment to share their stories with other kids.
- A visual snapshot of their daily calorie intake so they can balance what they eat with what they burn.
Schools can partner with MECKids to provide programs before, during, or after school.
Some of the instruction MECKids provides for schools includes:
- Proper Nutrition
- Good Exercise Habits
- Homework Assistance
- Dress & Grooming
- Strength and Flexibility Conditioning
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
- Balancing Stress and Peer Pressure
Why Should You Sponsor MECKids?
If your business has a similar health and fitness mission, consider sponsoring one of MECKids live events. "Bust a Move" and "School is Cool" are two upcoming events where you can get your name in lights, increase buzz about your business across social media, and associate your brand with the MECKids Brand. In addition to all these benefits, by developing a strategic alliance with MECKids, sponsors show their communities their desire to give back.
MECKids events grew organically as people in the community requested them. They wanted to know "Who are you?" and "What do you do?" As the number of strategic partners for MECKids has been building another benefit to sponsors has been emerging. The events give partners an opportunity for networking with each other. Two of MECKids well-known partners are Heart and Soul magazine and Sports Zone Fitness Wear.
Sponsoring an event is a great way to spread the message of health and fitness. The events have live music and entertainment and provide a clean and wholesome way for kids and adults to get out there, have fun, and "Bust a Move."
Who Do You Know Who Needs MECKids?
Do you know teachers, parents, and schools who could benefit from MECKids? Would you like to sponsor an upcoming MECKids event? You'll be giving back and getting your name in lights at the same time. If you'd like to find out more about MECKids events and after-school programs, please contact Fran at Franb@afmsco.com or call 866.659.3400 for more information.