Healthy Weight and Your Child
FAMILY-BASED LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAM
This new youth obesity intervention is designed to empower children between the ages of 7-13, with the support from their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. Today, 1 in 6 children are living with obesity and 1 in 3 are overweight, which poses greater risks for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and mental health issues.
Healthy Weight and Your Child is yearlong evidence-based program that engages a child and adult as a pair, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. Each session will feature education and exercise.
Not a Diet, Not a Boot Camp
Children and an adult will learn about topics together, including:
-Physical activity (moderate to vigorous games and exercises)
-Internal and external triggers
-Food label reading (with grocery store tour)
-Goal setting and rewards
-Peer support for adults
Why family based?
Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits.
Held in a small group atmosphere, the program creates a safe, fun and active environment for children and families to explore and adopt proven methods to live a healthier lifestyle and achieve a healthy weight.
16 weekly sessions, 4 bi-weekly sessions, 5 monthly sessions. Each session is 2 hours- includes discussions and activities, adult peer time, youth peer time and full group physical activity. Families will also have access to the YMCA facilities.
To qualify for participation in the program, a child must:
-Be 7-13 years old
-Carry excess weight, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher
-Receive clearance from healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity
-Have an adult attend ALL sessions with them
*Cost reduced to $150 if you attend 12 of the 16 weekly sessions!
Non-members: Ask how you can save money by joining the YMCA during your HWYC enrollment!
Healthy Weight and Your Child’s curriculum was developed by leading child health specialists and is adapted from the most extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. We are one of 19 Y’s in the country to offer this program.
Obesity is defined as having excess body mass with a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex. Obesity is a multi-faceted condition and is affected by various genetic, behavioral and environmental factors; it is though, undoubtedly, a critical issue facing the United States.