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ProActive Kids Comes to Gottlieb in Melrose Park!

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Nicki

ProActive Kids is thrilled to announce our newest location at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, funded by Loyola University Health System.

ProActive Kids is thrilled to be working with LUHS and bringing the PAK program to Cook County!

The ProActive Kids  program is much more than a simple diet or exercise program. It is a  program to treat the whole child …physically, nutritionally and emotionally, built around the stability and commitment of family. During the 8-week session, the children and their families focus on three core areas: FitnessNutrition, and Lifestyle.

The program educates children and their families on fun and sustainable ways to improve their health through weekly physical exercises, lessons, assignments and discussions. Unlike other programs that focus on fitness and nutrition, ProActive Kids also incorporates psychological coaching. PAK engages the entire family to carry lessons throughout the child’s home environment to improve overall well-being. This holistic approach  is crucial to the success of the participants.

ProActive Kids will have the maximum session size of 20 kids for the spring session taking place beginning April 7, 2014. F

This program is FREE to children ages 8-14 who are considered obese or at risk defined by being in the 85th percentile and above in BMI. 


8 Week Session Schedule
Monday and Wednesday – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Kids only
Fitness: 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Lifestyle: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday Family Day -  4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Families are invited to attend and participate (if over the age of three years old)
Fitness: 4:00 – 4:40 p.m.
Nutrition: 4:40 – 5:20 p.m.
Lifestyle: 5:20 – 6:00 p.m.

Gottlieb Center for Fitness

How To Enroll
Enroll for any of this site location at http://proactivekids.org/enroll-now.

Visit our frequently asked questions http://proactivekids.org/faq page.


Enroll in PAK’S 2014 Summer Session

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Nicki

ProActive Kids is thrilled to announce we have programs for the Summer 2014 session at some of our locations!

Need more info:


Fun Events for PAK Grads

Posted on: March 9th, 2013 by Nicki

Take Action Days have been designed for ProActive Kids GRADUATES and their families to do a fun activity or event, come back together, recap all the great lessons learned at PAK, see PAK friends, and have some fun as a family!

They also give  us a chance to see you all again and see how you have progressed since attending PAK.


Friday, Aug 23
Advoate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center Pool

Swimming is great exercise. Plain and simple. But some worry that they can’t swim lengths of the pool to enjoy the benefits of water exercise. This Take Action Day is all about fitness in the water. We will run, kick, jump, and “lift weights” using the natural resistance of the water.

While the kids are swimming, parents will be invited to a special parent session to discuss nutrition at home.

Please note: This is NOT a swim lesson. Kids must have experience and confidence in the water to participate.

Who: Anyone who attended ProActive Kids
Time: 7:00 – 8:00  pm
Location:  Advocate Good Sam Health and Wellness Center
Cost: FREE


Sunday, October 6

Right Fit trainers designed the PAK Fitness curriculum. All those exercises you did at PAK – they created! Join us at Right Fit for a special BOOTCAMP where we get to use their facility and equipment to do all the fun thing you did at PAK, in a real gym!

Come see all your old PAK friends and trainers at this fun, free event. While the kids are getting fit, parents are invited to a special “Check-In Session” to talk about how healthier living is going at home.

Who: Anyone who graduated fromProActive Kids
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 3:00  pm
Location:  Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness 7101 Adams St #7  Willowbrook, IL 60527



Saturday, November 2
Edward Pool

Swimming is great exercise. Plain and simple. But some worry that they can’t swim lengths of the pool to enjoy the benefits of water exercise. This Take Action Day is all about fitness in the water. We will run, kick, jump, and “lift weights” using the natural resistance of the water.

Please note: This is NOT a swim lesson where they learn strokes. Kids must have experience and confidence in the water to participate.

Who: Anyone who attended ProActive Kids (siblings and parents can swim for $5.00 during the lesson).
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00  pm (stay until 5:30 for free swim)
Location:  Edward Heath and Fitness Center at 6600 S. Route 53 Woodridge, IL 60517 Ph: (630) 646-7900
Cost: FREE


Sunday, December 1, 2013
ProActive Kids Year End Party at the Chicago Bulls and White Sox Academy

The Bulls Sox Training Academy offers the coolest innovation in digital fitness technologies. Join PAK at this end-of-year party to have fun in their VAULT featuring Sports Arena, TouchMagix, Freedom Climber, Neuroactive Brain Bikes, Expresso Bikes, iDance, T-Wall… and their HOPSports, a hi-tech video driven exercise station will get the young bodies moving to one of the 100 unique programs meant to stimulate fundamental athletic movement in very unconventional ways.

All PAK kids are invited and the whole place is reserved just for us. PAK will pay for up to 4 family members to attend (you can pay for more). DONT MISS IT! It will be a great way to end your year of health!

Who: Anyone who graduated from ProActive Kids
Date: Sunday December 1, 2013
Time: 9 – 1145 am
Location: Chicago Bulls and White Sox Academy 6200 River Bend Drive
Lisle, IL 60532











Schedule and Locations

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Nicki

Are you a mom, dad, teacher, doctor, school nurse, or someone just looking for information on ProActive Kids?

Download our new flyer that tells you our dates and locations for 2013!

ProActive Kids Flyer – Download now!


One Participant’s PAK Story

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by Nicki

PAK was recently featured in the Naperville Sun. If you want to learn more about the kids at PAK, check out this great article on one participant’s journey and experience.



Radio Interview

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 by Nicki

Listen to PAK Founder, Tony Burke, and Executive Director, Nicki Klinkhamer, discuss ProActive Kids – where we have been, where we are, and most importantly, where we are headed!



Do I Need PAK?

Posted on: January 1st, 2012 by Nicki

Many families do not know if they need PAK and we get the  question all of the time –how do I know?

PAK has been uniquely designed for kids who are struggling with unhealthy weight. To find out if your child is overweight or obese, use the BMI calculator created by the Mayo Clinic. Plug in the requested information and it will tell you your child’s BMI as well as action you should take to keep your kids healthy.

Though BMI is a good measure to help understand body makeup, it is not the only measure as it does not factor in muscle mass, time of day, etc. Use it as an indicator or estimate but consult with your Physician to learn more about your child’s weight and BMI.

When you use the calculator, be sure to use the child version.



ProActive Kids Partners with Edward Hospital

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by Nicki

ProActive Kids (PAK) Foundation has announced it is joining forces with Edward Hospital to launch a second PAK site to help tackle the community’s childhood obesity challenge.

Edward will work closely with ProActive kids to help support and deliver the unique, results-oriented, free program which will be held at the Edward Health & Fitness Center (EHFC) at Seven Bridges, located at 6600 S. Route 53 in Woodridge.

Read the full article



‘We Can!’

Posted on: October 17th, 2010 by pakadmin

We Can! is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. They have a wealth of resources on their website that can help your family get healthy in the new year.

Attend PAK sessions and use We Can! tools and you will be on your way to health in 2011.