Austin, TX – Trying to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle can be challenging. With school an abundance of screen time and busy family life, kids are spending less time being active and as a result, many are obese. In fact, obesity in Texas has more than doubled since 1990, continuing an unabated 20-year upward trend. As the new school year begins, it is important to note that childhood obesity is associated with increased school absences, lower grades, and lower TAKS scores. When obese children grow up, their productivity and wages are lower than for people who were healthy weight as children.
These are some of the many reasons why the YMCA of Austin offers MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!), a free program that empowers children and families to become fitter and healthier. Families take part in fun 2-hour sessions which meet twice a week for 10 weeks. MEND helps them improve their eating and exercise habits, thereby improving children’s fitness, physical activity level, nutrition and self-esteem. This program is fun and interactive and supports 7 – 13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
With MEND, a child can make new friends, feel more confident and increase self-esteem, get into shape playing fun games, learn how to set goals for reaching and maintaining healthy weight, and turn conflict around food into healthy family fun. With generous grant from the St. David’s and RGK Foundations, the YMCA of Austin offers it for free and it is open to public.
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