Sunday, February 2, 2020

Healthy Weight and Your Child Program Sign Ups Happening for Families and to be Held at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham

Healthy Weight & Your Child empowers 7-13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight while achieving a healthier lifestyle. Since 2007, which marked the start of the Y’s Healthy Futures Initiative–designed to create healthier communities–the Hockomock Area YMCA has been actively working to increase physical activity and improve nutrition for kids in the area.

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session program, which includes 20 sessions delivered two times per week, followed by five weekly sessions. Sessions are two hours in length with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focused on physical activity.

The program emphasizes three elements: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change, and engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight.

Made up of groups of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle.

To be eligible for the program, each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, be cleared for physical activity by a health care provider or school nurse, and be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.
each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13
each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13

Classes will take place at Stall Brook Elementary School (342 Hartford Ave, Bellingham) and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm. Please join us for an information session to have your questions answered on February 11 at Stall Brook at 6:00pm. Cost: free for first 10 families, thanks to generous support from Stop & Shop’s Our Family Foundation. Included is a Hockomock Area YMCA family membership for the duration of the program (runs: February 25 - June 11; no meeting during the week of April 19).

Questions may be directed to Marykate Bergen, Director of Health Innovation, at or call 508-339-4053

About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit

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