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Fitsmi

Teen girls can learn healthy habits with cool, free tool.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about improving health and fitness habits by setting goals, selecting suggested actions, and tracking their progress. Various sections also provide general exercise and eating tips. Other users post inspiring stories and encouragement to help each other stay on track; posting on each other's profiles and the site message boards will also provide communication experience. The site's overall tone is positive, and the information can help somewhat helpful; however, the health information and advice is somewhat non-specific. Girls don't necessarily get a comprehensive look at how nutrition and the human body work; and they won't find a lot of specific workout routine instructions or recipes, which might make following the program easier. Fitsmi's positive program has potential, but kids could use some more detailed info about the healthy choices they hope to make. 

Positive messages

The site focuses less on weight loss than it does on healthy living. Fitsmi also asks during registration if users have a history of eating disorders or are pregnant to ensure the site is being used safely.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Two usernames contain the word "sexy," but neither features racy photos or text; users don't seem to post much about sex or related topics.

Language

A few blog posts, profiles, and other items contain words such as "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

Shopping-section items don't always link to sales sites, but some items list prices and link to online stores such as Etsy and Torrid; girls also can sign up for a 16-week group coaching program that costs $120 a month or a one-time $432 payment.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Searches for words such as "drugs," "alcohol," and "drunk" don't turn up any results; posts seem generally clean.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fitsmi is a website that helps tween girls who are struggling with weight to create a healthy lifestyle plan using their online tools. Users are supposed to be between age 13 and 18 to register, but they can go back and change the year if they're initially rejected. (However, no matter what age you list, if you check the box indicating you've had an eating disorder, you'll be rejected; users see a message that says, "Unfortunately, it looks like we aren't the right web site for you. You might want to try TeensHealth.org, or ask your doctor for a site he or she recommends.") In theory, registered users can easily friend each other, but the functionality doesn't seem to work. 

What's it about?

Founded by a mom who struggled with weight issues as a teen, FITSMI provides free eating and exercise advice for girls age 13 to 18 who want to lead a healthier lifestyle. Girls identify goals, select site-suggested methods to achieve them, and then track their progress with the Change Machine tool. Site administrator posts and audio recordings provide helpful wellness tips; girls can post online profiles and connect them with message boards, profile walls, and blogs for support. Fitsmi also offers a paid 16-week group coaching option, which costs roughly $120 a month.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Fitsmi's Change Machine, essentially a daily exercise and eating journal, is a potentially helpful tool for tracking weight-loss progress; girls enter their own goals, which will hopefully prevent some from automatically focusing on weight loss (in lieu of more well-rounded efforts, such as working out more or eating more nutritiously). Teen girls' health is a tenuous subject, but Fitsmi seems to tread the waters with care and thoughtfulness. It guides girls toward healthy habits by providing ideas, such as walking to school for extra exercise or drinking water every day, so they don't have to come up with an entire plan on their own. The site also provides plenty of ways to get encouragement from other users.

Some parents may have concerns about how easy it is to talk to complete strangers on the site. Fitsmi's biggest challenge, however, seems to be its amount of content. The site offers a number of behavior-modification suggestions for its Change Machine, but the top two blog posts in the food-based section are more than six months old. Similarly, the exercise section seems to get only, on average, about a post a week. The site's message boards seem a bit more active -- although it's hard to tell, because dates are only listed by month and day. Still, Fitsmi seems to be off to a good start. Its pro-healthy-body-image stance and focus on making incremental changes can supply girls with a solid foundation for making positive moves; if the site kicks up its content level in the coming months, Fitsmi could become an unstoppable health source.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about self-image and about how people at school, the media, and other factors influence it. 

  • Talk about healthy lifestyle choices and how nutritious eating can make you feel good, grow strong, and have energy. Can your child identify several healthy food choices?

  • Discuss potential lifestyle changes you could make as a family. How can your family potentially improve its eating and exercise habits?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: discussion, reading
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, personal growth
Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, persevering
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, exercise, fitness
Genre:Social Networking
Price:The site is free to use; users can also sign up for a 16-week group coaching program that costs $120 a month or a one-time $432 payment.
Pricing structure:Free

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