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YMCA Takes On Childhood Obesity with New Program

Published 01.17.19
 
Healthy Weight and Your Child program aims to get kids and families to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits

On March 5, 2019 the Midtown YMCA will begin offering Healthy Weight and Your Child, an evidence-based program 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, one in six children are obese and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and mental health issues.

“The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina has a long history of advancing the health and well-being of children in Wilmington, NC and helping children reach a healthy weight is now more important than ever,” said Bridget Carroll, Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach and Coordinator of Healthy Weight & Your Child, YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina. “Healthy Weight and Your Child will help children experience improved health outcomes and higher self-esteem, and families will feel empowered to make and support healthier choices.”

The 25-session program engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. Additionally, the program combines three elements of healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change.

Children eligible for the program must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, receive approval from their doctor or a health care provider, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.

An Information and Screening Event will be held at the Midtown YMCA located at 709 George Anderson Dr., Wilmington, NC 28412 on Friday, February 22nd from 5:30-7:30 pm.  

 

For more information contact Bridget Carroll at bridget.carroll@ymcasenc.org 

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