Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese (CDC, 2016). Youth with obesity are more likely to develop risk factors for cardiovascular disease and prediabetes.
Our Healthy Weight and Your Child Program helps reclaim your family’s health through healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle.
This 15-week evidence-based program for children with obesity empowers 7-13-year-olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The program includes a Family Information Session, 2 weekly sessions for 10 weeks, followed by 1 sessions for per week for 5 weeks.
- In-person sessions for child and parent/ caregiver
- Peer support for adults
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating
- Portion control
- Grocery store tour
- Food label reading
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 health care provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity
- Parent/Caregiver MUST attend all sessions
This two-hour long program is delivered by two trained leaders: A Content Leader who delivers the education and nutrition portions of the program; and an Activity Leader who leads physical activity safely for children with obesity.
This program is offered throughout Volusia County at the closest YMCA to the interested participants. Classes will begin once 10 families have signed up for the program.
Please contact our Healthy Living Department at 386-425-5210 for more information or to speak about enrollment into the program in your area.