Healthy Weight and Your Child | Denver YMCA

Healthy Weight and Your Child

Empowering Families to Live Healthier

Program overview:

Healthy Weight and Your Child empowers 7-13-year-olds, with the support of their families, to grow into a healthy weight and to live a healthier lifestyle. Through the leadership of Y staff, the 4 month, 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.

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:

In order to qualify for participation in the Healthy Weight and Your Child Program, your child must:

  • be 7-13 years old
  • carry excess weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of the 95th percentile or higher
  • receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity
  • 1 Adult MUST attend all sessions with child

Why the Whole Family?

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.

Class Locations coming in February:

  • Spanish class at Crawford Elementary (1600 Florence St, Aurora, CO 80010) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 - 7 pm. 
  • Spanis class at Wyatt Academy (3620 Franklin St, Denver, CO 80205) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6 - 8 pm.
  • Bilingual class at Southwest Family YMCA (5181 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver, CO 80236), Sundays and Tuesdays. 

Program Fee: $40 per month ($160 total for four months), per family. Scholarships are available for families to apply.

To register or find out more information, please contact Libertad Mendivil at 720 440 4364 

 

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