Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MEND Childhood Obesity Intervention Program

It always amazes me that this problem even exists in our country as I think about children in some other countries who don't even have clean water. Nonetheless,it is a serious problem that MUST be addressed.

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MEND Childhood Obesity Intervention Program
Seeking qualified participants for free program

The YMCA of Austin will be the first YMCA in the country to partner with MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do It!) in offering a childhood obesity intervention program for children and their parents.

Through a generous grant from the St. David's Foundation, the YMCA will be offering nine programs over the next year at four different facilities. Each program will last 10 weeks and meet twice per week (Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings). Parents must attend with their child.

MEND combines three key elements of safe, effective weight management and sustained lifestyle change: healthy eating, regular physical activity, and behavior change. Children and families who attend the MEND Program learn important skills and knowledge to help them manage their weight and feel fitter, healthier, and happier for the rest of their lives. The United Kingdom-based program has already achieved dramatic success in Britain and Australia.

We are currently taking registrations for this free program. The first session begins Saturday, Oct. 3, with additional sessions to follow. Children must be ages 8 - 12 and overweight or obese and may not be suffering from asthma or diabetes. One parent must be able to participate with their child in each session.

If you are interested in enrolling at the TownLake YMCA, please contact Jason Daniel at 542-9622 or jdaniel@austinymca.org.

If you are interested in enrolling at the East Communities YMCA, please contact Alejandra Gonzalez at 346-6163 or alejandra.b.gonzalez@uth.tmc.edu.

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