Kate Sansom, coordinator of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s ACT! program, appeared on KIT 1280 on Dec. 3, 2013 to talk about the program. Offered through Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and the Yakima Valley YMCA, the evidence-based program models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families – things families can start doing immediately.
The healthy lifestyle program is geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14, and their parents or guardians. The program is offered twice a year – September and January – and registration is open now for our January program.
- One 90-minute group session per week for 12 weeks
- A nutritionist and physical activity coach leads each session
- Energizing games, activities, and light meals
- Nutrition counseling sessions
- Three-month YMCA family membership to use between weekly sessions
- Onsite childcare for your children not enrolled in ACT!
- Fitness assessments pre/post program upon request
How do I know if my child should register for the program?
A healthcare provider referral is required to enroll. That may be from a doctor, registered nurse, school nurse, registered dietitian or any licensed healthcare provider. They use the Body Mass Index, or BMI, to determine whether a child is overweight or obese. BMI is a number calculated from a child’s weight and height, and it’s considered a reliable indicator of the amount of body fat for most children and teens.
- Children or teens in the program must have a BMI greater than the 85th percentile, meaning they are either overweight or obese.
Why can’t healthy weight ranges be provided for children and teens, rather than having to use BMI to determine a healthy weight:
Healthy weight ranges for children and teens change with each month of age, and for each gender. They also change as a child grows taller.
What are some other things I should know about the program?
A parent or guardian must attend the program with the kids, which means the family needs to be committed to the program. Classes are available in English and Spanish.
This program is only offered twice a year and won’t come around again until September, so sign up now!
For more information contact Kate Sansom, ACT! Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509 225-3179. Or go to yakimamemorial.org for more information.
As always, Memorial and the YMCA would like to thank the generous sponsors who make this program possible: Sage Fruit and the Safeway Foundation.
Frequently asked questions:
Where can I find programs for my overweight child in Yakima?
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, in coordination with the Yakima Valley YMCA, offers the ACT! program, a healthy lifestyle program geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14 and their parents or guardians. The evidenced-based program models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families.
How do I know if my child is eligible for the program?
Your healthcare provider can determine if your child is eligible and provide a referral, which is required. That may be a doctor, a registered nurse, school nurse, registered dietitian or any licensed healthcare provider. They use the Body Mass Index, or BMI, to determine whether a child is overweight or obese and eligible for the program.
What is BMI?
BMI is a number calculated from a child’s weight and height, and it’s considered a reliable indicator of the amount of body fat for most children and teens.