Friday, January 15, 2015

Health & Fitness

Bend with Mend 

Wellness program starts up again January 21

Sabine Mendez, Fraser Health

 

END (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) program is back for another round in your community. If you missed the last session there is space to join the free program in January. Families could soon be learning fun ways to get fit and healthy thanks to a free program starting very soon.


MEND is running again January 21, 2015 at the Neighbourhood Learning Center. It's a 10-week, family-based program to support children aged 7 – 13 and their families to get more active and healthier together. The program facilitates safe, effective and long-lasting changes by improving children’s physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem.

MEND has been running in British Columbia since 2013. The program is designed to help your family make safe, effective and long-lasting changes by improving physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem. Since its launch in BC in 2013, MEND has had great success in reducing children’s screen time, improving healthy eating habits, increasing their physical activity and improving their self-esteem and confidence.

“MEND proved to be a wonderful program in many ways”, says Rod, a father of two. “We were given excellent information on nutrition, exercise, psychological behaviour and how our bodies function.  The boys, aged 9 and 11, loved the one hour of games and fun in the gym as well as the fun interactive educational activities that started off each meeting.”

Families who attend the MEND program experience many positive benefits. Here are a few:

Families learn how to make healthier choices and get active together

Children become fitter and healthier
• Children are able to concentrate better at school
• Children find new friends and parents find a support network to keep them motivated

 

For more information, visit www.vanymca.org/health/mend.html

 

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