Healthy Weight and Your Child engages the whole family to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. It creates a safe, fun and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle.

  • Supports Weight Loss
  • Support and Encouragement
  • Learn Healthy Choices
  • Promotes Family Involvement

Healthy Weight and Your Child’s curriculum is adapted from the most widely disseminated and extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. Studies have shown that the program is cost-efficient and effective in reducing a child’s body mass index and waist circumference, reducing sedentary behaviors, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem. The program is designed with the whole family in mind, engaging a child and adult in education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit positive change and help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits.

  • Child must be 7-13 years old

  • Child must carry excess weight, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher

  • Child must receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity

  • Adult MUST attend all sessions with child

Healthy Weight and Your Child is available at select YMCA’s throughout the area.

Please email healthyweight@gwrymca.org to inquire about upcoming classes.

Yes, there is a program fee to participate, however, the Y offers financial assistance and grant funding to help offset participant fees.

Call our Community Health Department at 314.421.8897 or email healthyweight@gwrymca.org.

Click here for the medical clearance form.

Calculate your child's BMI here.

Healthy Weight and Your Child is delivered by two trained leaders:

  • The Content Leader delivers the education and nutrition portions of the program.
     
  • The Activity Leader, trained to deliver evidence-based games and exercises safely for children carrying excess weight, delivers the physical activity portion of the curriculum and supports the delivery of the content portion of the class.