Healthy Weight & Your Child

This new program empowers youth, with the help of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

Childhood Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. More than one third of children and teenagers ages two to 19 are obese or overweight, and that rate has tripled in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in several ways, putting children at high risk to develop cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, joint problems, heartburn, and social and psychological problems. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, leading to more serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

In response to this critical health care issue, Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidence-based, weight-management program that seeks to empower children and families through education, healthy eating, and physical activity. The program’s goal is to elicit positive change and help families learn skills and behaviors that enable them to live a healthier lifestyle so that children enter adulthood at a healthy weight.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Through the leadership of trained Y staff, the 25-session program engages a child and adult as a pair so that, together, they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence choices that lead to a healthy weight. The program is structured with the first 20 sessions occurring twice per week and the last 5 sessions occurring once per week. Each session is two hours in length and includes content and physical activity. Made up of groups of 10 to 15 families (child and adult), the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment where families have the opportunity to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle.


Youth must meet the following criteria to qualify to participate in the program:
  • The child must be 7 to 13 years old at the start of a group class.
  • The child must carry excess weight, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher.
  • The child must receive clearance from a health care provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity.
  • An adult must attend all sessions with the child.

NEXT STEPS

Whether you're a parent wanting to learn more or enroll your child, or you're a physician interested in referring a patient, please contact:

Gina Karvelis, Healthy Living Director
gkarvelis@rockriverymca.org
815-489-1261


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