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The mission of Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out in partnership with the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (DKWIO) 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, DKWIO is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that delivers quality programming to give children the tools to make healthy choices.
To achieve its mission, DKWIO 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 foundation of a healthy body begins with understanding what food makes the body strong, energized and fit. DKWIO incorporates nutritional education into each session.
For children to get started on a healthy lifestyle, they need to exercise every day. Yoga benefits both the body and the mind--it’s a physically empowering practice and calms a child’s otherwise busy world.
DKWIO employs a holistic and yoga-based model based on proven, structured tools--such as the program’s unique 1-hour formula--that maximize the organization’s impact and reach. This straightforward, repeatable formula increases the positive impact on children who take part in the program.
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