According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity effects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States. Therefore, the Corning Community YMCA and their affiliate branch in Rochester, is kicking off a new pilot program this October to help keep nearby children healthy.
“One in six children are actually considered obese or overweight and that’s a staggering number,” said Activity Director, Bonnie Mann. “This is actually triple the number from just one generation ago.”
Throughout the course of the program, parents and their children are brought into a classroom environment and educated on healthy eating and exercising habits. Then, they are introduced to fun and strenuous activities as a means of exercise. Children tend to view this form of exercise as exciting rather then boring or tedious.
“The unique thing about this program is that we actually have the parent with the child,” said Health and Wellness Director, Alicia Tyler. “So there’s a portion for the parent while we have a portion for the child and then we bring the two together at the end of each session. So there really is a family emphasis on the activity, the education piece, and just the behavior modification.”
Ultimately, once the program is finished, families will have an understanding of how to stay physically and mentally healthy outside of ‘The Y.’
“We will support them here beyond their 25 sessions,” said Mann. “So we’re going to give them the tools that they need and then we will be there to help assist them afterwards as well. If need be.”
With the busy school season upon us, this program offers parents and their children a chance to spend more time together while uniting under a healthy cause.
If you require any additional information, contact the Corning Community YMCA at (607) 936-4638 or the Rochester YMCA at (585) 325-2880.