Encourage Family Healthy Living this Fall

Kiera, Project Manager on September 21, 2015

This year, we have enjoyed what felt like a long, hot summer. With the change of months from August to September has come a change in weather that really makes it feel like fall. While summer often brings more free time to enjoy outdoor activities and family time, the fall brings cooler weather and back to school. Getting back into busy family routines can often mean less time for healthy behaviours like physical activity and family meals.

Programs like MEND, which stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it! can help families continue healthy lifestyles into the fall. MEND is a fun, free 10-week program for children ages 7 to 13 and their families to learn how to make healthy choices together.

The program is led by trained leaders to help families make safe, effective and long-lasting changes by improving physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem.

Families who attend the MEND program experience many positive benefits including:

  • Learning how to make healthier choices and get active together
  • Children become healthier
  • Children are able to concentrate better at school
  • Children find new friends and parents find a support network

During the program families learn about nutrition including how to make healthier food choices, how to read food labels, and how to prepare a healthy balanced meal. Above all, families learn how to have fun together as a family with games that can be played long after the program ends.

Since its launch in BC in 2013, MEND has had great success in reducing children’s screen time, improving healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem and confidence.

The program is available at YMCA’s and community recreation centres throughout the province and offers families free recreation passes.

To find out if MEND is right for your family, and for more information about programs in your community visit bchealthykids.ca

This fall, encourage your family to continue healthy living behaviours by participating in MEND!


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