See How Kids Benefit From DKWIO 

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.

1 Hour Formula

  • Introduction – 10 Minutes
  • Nutrition – 5 Minutes
  • Activity (Yoga Practice) – 30 Minutes
  • Relaxation – 10 Minutes
  • Recap and Resources – 5 Minutes

In the U.S. alone, more than 2.3 million children suffer from childhood obesity. This problem threatens the health of our kids, our families and our nation. Through our yoga-centric approach and our unique system for equipping kids to make healthy choices, DKWIO is making a difference for thousands of children.

  • Danialle Karmanos, Founder PhotoWelcome to DKWIO! By taking this first step, you are already battling the epidemic of childhood obesity and saving the lives of children. Bravo!I'm a news junkie. Nine years ago, I began reading more and more about the epidemic of childhood obesity. I saw documentation of the problem, but I didn't see anyone doing anything about it. I found it fascinating and infuriating. So, how did we evolve from an epiphany into a movement? Read more