Everyone has a body shape that is just right for them but sometimes we can store excessive body fat. If a child or adult stores too much fat they can be classified as obese. A sign of childhood obesity is a weight well above the average for a child's height and age.
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!) is a FREE, family-based, 10-week, fun healthy living program for children aged 5-13 years who are above the 85th percentile BMI for age. It is offered in 16 sites around the province by participating YMCA and municipal recreation centres. Programs are accepting registrations now for fall and winter cycles. This is a self referral program and parents can call or email their local site to find out if MEND is right for their family. Physicians can contact local sites for a supply of program brochures. More information on MEND and program locations is available at www.bchealthykids.ca
Sip Smart! BC™
Sip Smart! BC™ is a program developed by the BC Pediatric Society - it's goal is to help teachers help students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to learn about sugary drinks and to make healthy drink choices.
To view the program click here.
To view two excellent resources you can recommend to families, click here for some key information about sugary drinks and here.