FIT HOUSTON is a nonprofit 501C (3) that promotes health by increasing physical activity in free outdoor spaces and with free wellness programs for improved quality of life. Our focus is primarily in under-resourced communities with reduced access to gyms and wellness resources.
We believe that daily movement is the perfect ingredient for a happy and healthy life!
Houstonians with low physical activity are at high risk for diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. These maps from the Harris County CARES report show the overlap of low physical activity and diabetes.
Prevention is key, and physical activity is a low cost, effective intervention that can be free! And yet, nearly half of all adults in Harris County did not meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans set by the Department of Health and Human Services. (Rosie Eungyuhl Bae, et al., 2020)
Not everyone can afford a gym or has access to wellness programs. With social determinants of health such as lack of transportation, we must ensure that communities have free resources at their doorstep and in their community. Let's bring free physical activity to places where people live, eat, learn, play, and pray!