Program Overview

The Boston Celtics and Sun Life have partnered once again for Fit to Win, a 4-week program aimed at improving the health and well-being of children by teaching kids how to eat healthy and stay active. Participating locations for Fit to Win include select YMCA’s from Greater Boston, Southern Maine and Greater Hartford. Throughout the program, children in grades 2 to 8 participate in daily workouts and are encouraged to maintain a nutritious diet and make healthy lifestyle choices, such as limiting their intake of sugary beverages and practicing mindfulness. With exciting Celtics-themed events and prizes, and involvement from Celtics players and Legends, the kids track their fitness and health activities while having fun and celebrating their accomplishments.

Due to the pandemic, the program will be completely virtual, with fitness kits provided for each registered child to equip them for at-home workouts. Each week, the participants will learn new fitness routines (such as combinations of mountain climbers, jumping jacks and pushups) and healthy habits (such as the suggested number of fruit and vegetable servings per day, or the importance of limiting sugary beverages). The Kids completed their first workout challenge together during the kick-off event, which was followed by discussions on nutrition and mindfulness. This year’s program will also feature two nutrition workshops via Zoom, where families of Fit to Win participants will be able to learn healthy, budget-conscious recipes and see Celtics Legends try their hands at cooking. Families will receive grocery gift cards courtesy of the Celtics and Sun Life to buy recipe ingredients.

Program Background

Eating a healthy diet, limiting sugary drinks and increasing physical activity are all steps kids can take to reduce their risk for diabetes. Through the shared passion of Sun Life, the YMCA and the Boston Celtics, Fit to Win promotes the health and wellness of young people in the Greater Boston, Greater Hartford and Southern Maine communities. Over 1,200 participants have completed the Fit to Win program since its inception in 2015. If you would like to learn more about Fit to Win workouts and healthy habits, click here:

2020 Program Recap


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