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Healthy Weight and Your Child


Healthy Weight and Your Child empowers children ages 7-13 years old, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Through the leadership of Y staff, the 25 session, 4 month evidence-based program engages a child and adult as a pair, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. The program emphasizes behavior changes to support healthy eating and physical activity.

Families will work with trained leaders and learn about topics, including:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Portion control
  • Internal and external triggers
  • Food label reading
  • Goal setting and rewards

Who is this class for?

In order to qualify for participation in the Healthy Weight and Your Child Program, your child must: Be 7-13 years old, carry excess weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of the 95th percentile or higher, receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity


Why the Whole Family?

Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. For this reason, the program is designed so that parent/caregiver attendance is required at all sessions.


This program is sponsored by a grand from Boston Scientific.


Classes are forming now, contact Lauren Hanley ( at 508.879.4420 ext. 239 to register or if you have any questions.