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
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