See How Kids Benefit From DKWIO

In_The_News10.20.11GM_Foundation4presentationThe General Motors Foundation has awarded Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out with a $5,000 grant in support of the nonprofits effort to teach 500 students this fall with its yoga and nutrition-based youth programing in Detroit area elementary schools. The Work It Out youth program is offered for 10 weeks beginning in September and October. The program combines nutrition education paired with a
yoga practice to teach children the value in making healthy choices.

Children that participate in Work It Out receive their own yoga mat and student workbook upon completion of the program. Funds from the GM Foundation will help off set those costs, enabling 500 children to continue their healthy lifestyle long after the program has ended.

The Work It Out program has a positive and lasting impact on the children who participate. According to an evaluation report conducted by the Wayne State University Center for School health over 90% of students thought the program was fun and yoga made them feel good, 72% of children used breathing techniques to reduce stress and 69% changed their food choices or tried new healthy foods.

“We’re grateful to the GM Foundation for their support and dedication to the youth in our community. Our focus is to help children grow from the inside out with the information and inspiration they need to make healthy choices.” Danialle Karmanos, Founder, DKWIO.

Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out is currently holding eighteen ten-week sessions in ten schools around the city of Detroit.


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.

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