October 21, 2020

YMCA OFFERS JOIN FOR ME FOR YOUTH AND TEENS

Posted by DianeNahabedian

YMCA OFFERS JOIN FOR ME FOR YOUTH AND TEEMS

For immediate release:

Diane S. Nahabedian

YMCA of Greater Providence

401-427-1821

dnahabedian@gpymca.org

The YMCA of Greater Providence is offering JOIN for ME, an evidence based weight management program for kids ages 6-12; and teens ages 13-17 who struggle with issues around weight. This IS NOT an exercise or diet program. JOIN for ME is based on a proven weight management systems program. Both younger children and teens learn everyday skills that help them maintain a healthy weight as they mature. The program offers lasting, life-changing skills that young people can rely on even as adults.

This year long program involves all members of the family. Groups meet weekly for 16 weeks followed by eight monthly support classes. Trained lifestyle coaches teach kids and teens healthy habits about food and drink, and also discuss and track physical activity. Parents learn better food and health choices they can use every day. Together parents and children often see their health improve together! Many parents report weight loss, and more energy participating in this program with their kids and/or teens.

To qualify for this program the participant must be at or above the 85th percentile for BMI (body mass index).

Classes are beginning the week of Febraury3 at:

• East Side YMCA, Providence

• South County YMCA, Peace Dale

A class will begin the week of February 8 at:

• East Side YMCA, Providence

For more information, and to register for a class call Joni Bloom at 401-427-1843.

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The YMCA of Greater Providence is a 501C3 serving communities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. The Y is a charitable organization made up of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

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