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YMCA offers free admission for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Obesity affects one in six kids today which poses greater risks for many health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.

In observance of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Duneland YMCA is offering youth ages 17 and under the opportunity to try working out at the Y for free during the week of September 18-24. They’ll receive free admission and use of the Y all week. Kids 14 and older will receive free equipment orientation when they schedule an appointment at the Y Welcome Center. There are also plenty of group activities to participate in.

In addition, a special three month membership is available to youth up to 12th grade for $35 for those who wish to continue to participate in healthy living activities.

The Y wants to help families understand the dangers of childhood obesity and discover ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits. Successfully lowering obesity rates in kids requires not only the whole family to change their eating and exercise habits, but also the whole community to become involved in living healthier lifestyles.

“It’s going to take a village to begin lowering obesity rates in children,” said Ashley Hall, Director of Healthy Living at the Y. “We want to make sure area youth know they’re welcome at the Y and help them get healthier. We’ve got great equipment and programs to help them reach their weight and fitness goals. The goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Some tips for youth to help them become more active, lose weight and be healthier are to drink plenty of water, choose healthier foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables, get more exercise, and reduce recreational screen time and be sure to get plenty of rest.

The Duneland Y is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. Call the Y at (219) 926-4204 for more information about programs and services.

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is a United Way Partner Agency.



Posted 9/14/2017




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