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Healthy Lifestyles and Weight Management Educational Program Offered for Parents and Children

COLUMBUS, OH - 3/14/2007

Columbus Children’s Hospital and the YMCA of Central Ohio are offering a four-week educational program “Healthy Lifestyles Weight Management” beginning April 17. This program is designed for children ages 8-12 who struggle with their weight, and for parents who are concerned about their child’s weight, eating habits and physical activity.

Both parents and children attend four weeks of classes at the same time, but participate in different activities. Some of the program topics for parents include recipe makeovers, label reading, activity contracts, self-esteem, fast food/eating out, portion sizing and food buying. The children will participate in fun and fitness activities under supervision of the YMCA.

The program is held every Tuesday evening 6:30-7:30 p.m. for four weeks as follows: April 17, 24, May 1 and 8. The final class on May 8 will be extended 6:30-8 p.m. Classes are held at the Hilltop YMCA of Central Ohio, 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus.

Cost is $25 per adult and $25 per child for the four-week session. Children may only attend if an adult also registers. Fees include the four educational sessions and monthly newsletters mailed to the home for six months after course completion.

For program information and registration, call Children’s Hospital Education at (614) 722-4949 or visit

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