BUILDING HAPPIER, HEALTHIER KIDS

We know that staying healthy involves more than working out. At the Y, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions so you can know the best ways to stay fit. We offer the latest fitness classes, personalized training programs, sports leagues for all ages and so much more.

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ABOUT HEALTHY WEIGHT AND YOUR CHILD

Empowering Families to Live Healthier

Made up of groups of 15 families (child and adult), Healthy Weight and Your Child program creates a safe, fun and active environment for children and families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle.

Studies have shown that the program is cost-efficient and effective in reducing a child's body mass index and waist circumference, reducing sedentary behaviors, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Healthy Weight and Your Child empowers children ages 7-13 years old, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Through the leadership of Y staff, the yearlong, 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

DOES YOUR CHILD QUALIFY?

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

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.

AVAILABLE CENTERS OFFERING HEALTHY WEIGHT AND YOUR CHILD PROGRAM:

HOW TO REGISTER

To register for the Healthy Weight and Your Child Program, please call 713-758-9179 or email healthy.kids@ymcahouston.org

Learn more:  Healthy Weight and Your Child Program

Physician Referral Form

 

KAMP K'AANA

  • Get a jump start on new habits to create a healthy lifestyle for you child at Kamp K'aana.  

  • Kamp K'aana introduces children to powerful, life-changing tools for healthy living while offering the fun of an overnight summer camp experience. Held at YMCA Camp Cullen on Lake Livingston, Kamp K'aana provides a two-week program for obese kids ages 10-14.

Learn more:  Kamp K'aana

 

TO REGISTER for Healthy Weight and Your Child:

Please call 713-758-9179 or email healthy.kids@ymcahouston.org for more information.