Children and teens in Miami-Dade County's after-school Fit-to-Play program at local parks learned about physical fitness and nutrition and were better able to keep a healthy weight and reduce their blood pressure, according to a University of Miami evaluation of the program. Dr. Sarah Messiah, a researcher, said Fit-to-Play is now evidence-based and "a resource for all children in this community that is accessible, affordable and year-round — something we haven't really had before."

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