The Y Helps Curb Childhood Obesity with Family Involvement

With summer coming towards an end, many families will be getting into school year routines with plans to live healthier. And the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA definitely wants these families to succeed, especially with the launch of Healthy Weight and Your Child.

This evidence-based family wellness program aims to curb childhood obesity in kids ages 7 – 13 through structured sessions of education and exercise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects 17 percent of all youth in the United States – triple the rate from one generation ago. Obesity is a multi-faceted condition and is affected by various genetic, behavioral and environmental factors.

“Obesity is a critical issue facing the nation with numerous potential health problems: type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, mental health issues and the list can go on,” said Y Wellness Director Jacque Perez. “But it’s getting especially bad for children. That’s why it’s our goal to catch kids and as importantly – their families – early, so the entire family can learn the value of a healthier lifestyle and weight.

Healthy Weight and Your Child’s goal is to teach children AND their parents how to build a household committed to adopting healthy habits. Held in small groups, the program will create a safe, fun and active environment while introducing proven methods to achieve a healthy weight.


To be eligible, a child must be 7-13 years old, carry excess weight (body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher), receive clearance from healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity and have an adult present at all sessions.

Healthy Weight and Your Child launches Monday, September 12. Interested parties can contact 402-404-8439 or to learn more or to enroll in the program. Drop-in family information sessions to see if a child qualifies begin August 15.

The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA is one of 19 Y’s in the country to offer this program.