New Series of Free Healthy Lifestyle Classes to Be Offered at Humboldt Park

3/20/2012

MEND.319The Chicago Park District is partnering with the MEND Foundation to launch an admission free, 10-week healthy lifestyle program open to families with children ages 7-13 who are above a healthy weight at Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. from April 11-June 16.  

Registration is required for the classes.  Interested families can get more information at the admission-free dinner at the Humboldt Park wellness center Thursday, March 15 from 5-7 p.m., or they 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 itsvision with the MEND program, an obesity prevention and interventionprogram 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.

 

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