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As childhood obesity rates continue to climb across the country, Yuma Regional Medical Center wants to be on the forefront of reversing that trend.
That all begins this upcoming January with the launching of the "Healthy Kids" program.
“Healthy Kids” is a weekly program that is designed to teach children and their families how to practice healthier eating and exercise habits.
The program is a 12 week course where parents and children will meet once a week with healthcare professionals for 90 minutes.
Split in to two sections, the first half each session will be classroom based, giving participants the chance to ask questions and learn more about how to shop healthy and prepare nutritious meals.
The second portion of each session will consist of exercise programs.
The first session is open to 20 children and their parents, but a waiting list will be set up to fill future programs.
Hospital officials believe one on one instruction between health experts and families will provide long lasting results.
"We will be working with a registered dietician who will be teaching many of the classes about healthy eating habits,” says Nicolle Dallam, Wellness Coordinator for YRMC. “There will also be other healthcare professionals who will work with the children and promote a healthy lifestyle.
For more information or to register, go to www.yumaregional.org or call (928) 336-7923.