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Hockomock Area YMCA Announces "Healthy Weight & Your Child" Program

Nov 17, 2018 11:15AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Family Information Session on November 26 at the Milford Youth Center
The Hockomock Area YMCA is excited to announce its Healthy Weight and Your Child program, which empowers 7-13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
 
The program emphasizes three elements: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change, and engages the whole family so that, together, they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight.
 
Made up of groups of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. The program is an evidence-based model, developed by leading child health and weight management specialists using the best available research, as well as clinical and government guidelines. The sessions are facilitated by trained content and activity leaders who are committed to engaging the whole family.
 
Those interested are invited to attend a family information session on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Milford Youth Center (24 Pearl Street, Milford).  Interested families can contact Marykate Bergen at marykateb@hockymca.org or call 508-339-4053 to register to attend the session.
 
The Hockomock Area YMCA has been involved with youth obesity prevention since 2007, which marked the start of their Healthy Futures Initiative designed to create healthier communities. Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session program, which includes 20 sessions delivered two times per week, followed by five weekly sessions. Sessions are two hours in length with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focusing on physical activity. A family Y membership is provided for the duration of the program.
 
To be eligible for the program, each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, be cleared for physical activity by a health care provider or school nurse, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.
 
Thanks to a generous grant from CHNA 6 and the continued support of the Stop and Shop Our Family Foundation, there will be no cost for the first ten families who enroll.
 
The eventual classes will be Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Milford Youth Center, 6:30 PM–8:30 PM, beginning December 3. For more information, please email Bergen or call 508-339-4053.
About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.
 
The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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