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York YMCA Takes on Childhood Obesity with New Program

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January 23, 2019
Healthy Weight and Your Child pilot program aims to get kids and families to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits
 
York, PA – On January 22, 2019, the YMCA of York and York County will begin offering Healthy Weight and Your Child, a pilot 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 York and York County has a long history of advancing the health and well-being of children in our community, and helping children reach a healthy weight is important now more than ever,” said Larry Richardson, CEO and President, YMCA of York and York County.  “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.
 
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. Sessions are 2 hours in length, with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focusing on physical activity.
 
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. 
 
Program dates:
January 22 – April 30, 2019 Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Bob Hoffman Dover Branch YMCA
February 12 – May 23, 2019 Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – York Branch YMCA
 
For more information contact Amy Sipe, Program Coordinator, asipe@yorkcoymca.org 717-843-7884 x248.
 
About the Y
The York YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Serving over 65,000 people in the greater York region with over 13,000 annual active members; the Y engages men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the York community for over 164 years, the Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.yorkcoymca.org
 
About the YMCA of the USA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net
 


Contact:
Cori Strathmeyer
YMCA of York and York County
717-843-7884
cstrathmeyer@yorkcoymca.org