ACHIEVE A HEALTHY WEIGHT TOGETHER

Reclaim your family’s health through healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle with a 25 session evidence-based program for children with obesity. Healthy Weight and Your Child empowers children ages 7-13 years old, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Through the leadership of Y staff, the year long, evidence-based program 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. The program emphasizes behavior changes to support healthy eating and physical activity.  

"The Healthy Weight and Your Child program offers a family based weight management program which includes teaching lifestyle changes along with incorporating regular exercise within the local YMCA setting.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to take advantage of within their community." - Sharon Weston MS RD LDN, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Boston Children's Hospital

FAMILIES WILL WORK WITH TRAINED LEADERS AND LEARN ABOUT TOPICS, INCLUDING: 

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Portion control
  • Internal and external triggers
  • Food label reading
  • Goal setting and rewards

TO QUALIFY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM

  • Child must be 7-13 years old
  • Child must carry excess weight, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher
  • Child must receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in the program
  • Adult MUST attend all sessions

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The program includes a Family Information Session followed by 25 sessions delivered over four months. The family-based weight-management program focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight.

Designed with the whole family in mind, the program engages all family members in education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit positive change and help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits.

The curriculum is adapted from the most widely disseminated and extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. Studies have shown that the program is cost-efficient and effective in reducing a child’s body mass index and waist circumference, reducing sedentary behaviors, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem.

WHY THE WHOLE FAMILY

Healthy Weight and Your Child 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. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. For this reason, the program is designed so that parent/caregiver attendance is required at all sessions.

For more information, please contact Katrina Mancebo at mancebok@northshoreymca.org

FUN FACT:
This year proceeds from the YMCA of the North Shore Road Race Series will support local Y initiatives that combat childhood obesity.  Your support and generosity will allow us to better serve the needs of children in our community as we help them reclaim their health.