Knox County YMCA to offer Healthy Kids U

There’s a new program coming to the Knox County YMCA to designed to help kids ages 8-15 and their families with healthy lifestyles and healthy eating habits.

Healthy Kids U has joined the YMCA to offer a community-based healthy lifestyle program combining exercise with nutrition and behavioral classes.

The 8-week program is designed to help children ages 8-15 and their families.

Families work with a dietitian and health care professionals from OSF St. Mary Medical Center and an exercise specialist from the YMCA – to develop healthier habits.

Participants also have access to the YMCA’s facilities during the duration of the program.

The cost is free – and no physician referral needed.

Organizers are looking for participants who do not meet the 5-2-1-0 criteria which are: 5 servings fruits/vegetables per day; 2 hours or less of screen time per day; 1 hour or more of exercise per day; and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages.

Beginning September 24th, the program is Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

One hour is focused on nutrition and behavior, and another hour is physical activity.

Family participation is required.

Those who successfully complete the program (attend 80% of sessions) will get a discounted family membership to the Knox County YMCA.

To register, call 344-1324.

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