YMCA of Central Ohio

March is National Nutrition Month

Focus on Healthy Eating During National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition month and as a leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Ohio urges everyone in Columbus to dedicate to a healthy lifestyle by being health conscious this month and every month.

According to the National Academy of Nutrition and Diuretics, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition and education plan focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents the past 30 years.  The need to become educated about healthy food choices is at an all-time high.

To address the prevalence of childhood obesity, the Y has made a commitment to helping children and their parents develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle through different programs like Strong-Well-Fit and Healthy Weight and Your Child.  Because healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, fitness at the YMCA includes more than just working out.

Strong-Well-Fit is a free, twelve week program that helps youth and teens and their parents make lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  Families will learn about nutrition and healthy food choices, exercise and play active games, and achieve goals of a healthier lifestyle.  Each class will include forty-five minutes of physical activity for both children and parents, and forty five minutes working on healthy nutrition and activities.

Healthy Weight and Your Child addresses childhood obesity in youth ages 7-13 with a body mass index of 95th percentiles or higher.  This 12 month evidence based program is for children with obesity and their parents to empower families to live healthier.  Family members are engaged in education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit change positive change and help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term.

The YMCA of Central Ohio offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals.  Learn more by visiting http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/ or stopping into your local Y.