Free Healthy Lifestyle Classes Begin Oct. 1 at Humboldt Park
Following its successful launch this spring, the Chicago Park District is continuing its partnership with the MEND Foundation to offer admission-free, healthy lifestyle classes. Families with children ages 7-13 who are above a healthy weight are eligible for the program that runs 10 weeks at Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-Dec. 5.
Registration is required for the classes. Interested families can call 312-742-4740.
With one in three children overweight or obese, the MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) program aims to improve overall health and fitness of families. Families will learn how to read food labels and take part in nutrition sessions. They will also learn about healthy portion sizes and will be shown the effects different foods have on their health. During the course, children will participate in a wide variety of physical activities and games.
Established in 2008, the MEND Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives – with a focus on changing the behaviors that cause obesity. The foundation fulfills its vision with the MEND program, an obesity prevention and intervention program for low-income families in underserved communities. For more information, go to www.mendfoundation.org.
The Humboldt Park MEND program is possible due to funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the Chicago Community Trust.
For more information call 312-742-PLAY.