YMCA Encouraging Families to Fight Obesity and Live Better Together

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The YMCA of Rock River Valley wants to help families in the Rock River Valley are live better and help prevent childhood and adult obesity by incorporating regular physical activity and healthy eating into their daily routine.

To help start healthy habits, the YMCA is offering a discount on the joiner fee throughout the month of October with its Pay The Day campaign. Become a member on October 1st, new members pay just $1 for the joiner fee. Join on October 2nd, and pay $2, and so on for the entire month. The honest-but-true youth featured in the Y’s TV commercial say it best with “sooner you join, better the price”.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a small decline in childhood obesity rates among preschoolers in several states, there is still a long way to go. Nationally, one in eight preschoolers is obese, putting them at risk for many chronic diseases seen in adults such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The same diseases are effecting 72 million adults in the US, in a 2010 report by the CDC, creating higher medical costs and a lower quality of life.

By joining the Y, adults and youth are surrounded by a support system of wellness coaches, dieticians, online support and tools to make the experience seem more like fun than a necessary task. Healthy habits need to start from home but the Y can put you on the right path.

“At the YMCA of Rock River Valley, we want families to understand the lifetime benefits of eating right and getting physically active,” said Mike Brown, CEO & President, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “If healthy habits are established at home they will carry over to when children are out of their parents’ care and that will dramatically help reduce obesity in our community.”

The following tips will not only help families live healthier together but help prevent obesity:

? Eat Healthy: Make water the drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and make it easy for everyone to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables by offering two or three colorful options. Feel free to mix and match fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables to provide variety.

• Play Every Day/Go Outside: Kids should have at least an hour a day of unstructured play outside (when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week by getting 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity.

• Get Together: Eat as a family as frequently as possible with kids involved in meal preparation and clean up. In addition, adults should take a break from electronics and spend one-on-one time each day with their kids, enjoying one another’s company.
• Reduce Screen Time: Time spent in front of a television, computer, tablet, cell phone or video games should be limited to two hours per day.

• Sleep Well: Kids and adults need to keep a regular sleep schedule—10-12 hours per night for kids and seven to eight hours for adults.


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