YMCA offers free MEND program for overweight children

Children participate in the YMCA's MEND program, which kicks off June 6. Photo courtesy YMCA of Austin

Children participate in the YMCA’s MEND program, which kicks off June 6. Photo courtesy YMCA of Austin

Registration is open for a free childhood obesity intervention program at the YMCA of Austin this summer.

The 10-week MEND – Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! – program is designed to help children and parents learn how to be fit and healthy. It targets children who weigh more than their ideal weight.

The course uses techniques developed by health experts and focus on healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change.

The MEND program is offered free of charge. Photo courtesy YMCA of Austin.

The MEND program is offered free of charge. Photo courtesy YMCA of Austin.

The summer session starts June 6. Classes generally meet on Saturday mornings and one evening each week. Participants will increase fitness by playing games, set goals to reach and maintain a healthy weight, learn to cook healthy meals and make friends.

Children must between 7-13 years of age and overweight or obese. They shouldn’t have diabetes or debilitating asthma.

The program will take place at YMCAs in East Austin, North Central Austin and Dove Springs. Sessions and materials are offered in Spanish at select locations.

The program is funded by a grant from the St. David’s Foundation.

For more information contact Missy Quintela at missy.quintela@austinymca.org or call (512) 236-9622. For more information go here.


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