Heart of the Valley YMCA announces the return of GO!Kids, a free community program to grow fitter, healthier, food-wise children in Huntsville and Madison.
GO!Kids kicks off September 22 at 5 p.m. at the Southeast Family YMCA in Huntsville and Hogan Family YMCA in Madison. Children ages 6 to 12 will learn the importance of regular exercise and making smart food choices in the 8-week program. GO!Kids is free, and YMCA membership is not required. Certified Personal Trainers and Registered Dietitians will lead the sessions.
"'We want to educate children on the importance of developing a healthy, active lifestyle," said Sharon Allen, GO!Kids program director for Southeast Family Y. "We are currently in a national health crisis, and Alabama is the state leading the way in individuals with diabetes."
According to a 2011 report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, nearly 36 percent of Alabama`s school-aged children are classified as overweight and 18 percent are classified as obese. This means that our kids are at greater risk for developing high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes, the kinds of chronic diseases more frequently associated with overweight adults. GO!Kids uses an incentive program to encourage children and their families to develop healthy habits at home.
GO!Kids is an initiative by Heart of the Valley YMCA, an association serving more than 22,000 members at the Southeast Y, Hogan Y and Downtown Y as well as three child care centers and YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee in Guntersville, to improve the health and well-being of kids and families in our community.
For more information, visit ymcahuntsville.org/GOKIDS or call your local branch.