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YMCA program targets overweight youth | Sports brief


January 20, 2016

The Mukilteo Family YMCA is offering ACT!, a nutrition, activity, and self-improvement program for kids ages 8-11 and their parents. The program runs Feb. 23 to May 17 and meets 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

This is a community-based program for youth who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. A YMCA Health & Well-Being Team teaches fun ways to be active, eat, and create healthy lifestyles for the whole family.

To be involved in ACT!, one adult family member or guardian must participate.

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today’s families are juggling so many tasks that nutrition and exercise often take a back seat.

It doesn’t help that fast food and passive entertainment like video games and TV are a big part of our culture. At any age, a sedentary lifestyle can start dragging your child down, physically and emotionally.

Positive changes can make all the difference. The YMCA can help your family get active, eat well and enjoy the benefits of healthy living as a family.

ACT! is presented in partnership with the YMCA of Snohomish County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Everett Clinic, and Providence Physicians Group.

ACT! offers well-established nutrition and exercise principles that your family can put into action right away. These new habits will enhance your child’s health and strengthen family bonds.

With parents taking the lead, families get motivated and enjoy results together.

Research has shown that parents are often their children’s most important role models. When kids see their parents enjoying healthy foods and being active, they are more likely to do the same.

Contact the YMCA at 360-453-2190 or visit the website for a program brochure, information on how to enroll at


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