TEMPLE (September 21, 2012)-Temple Parks and Leisure Services is looking for families to participate in a free program to help provide their children knowledge and resources for a happier and healthier life.
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It) is a community-based program that empowers children to improve their health, fitness, and self-esteem.
MEND teaches long-term solutions that help families make smart food choices and learn new and fun ways to be more active.
"The next program begins Saturday and we have openings for families with children between the ages of seven and thirteen who are overweight," Wilson Park Recreation Center Manager Brock Boone said.
MEND combines three key elements of safe and effective weight management and sustained lifestyle change: healthy eating, regular physical activity, and behavior change.
Temple Parks and Leisure Services Department, in cooperation with Scott & White, launched the MEND program in September 2012.
So far, they have hosted four MEND classes that have helped twenty-seven families make life-long changes for a healthier life.
The free 10-week program begins on September 29 and will be held at the Wilson Park Recreation Center, located at 2205 Curtis B. Elliott Drive, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
MEND graduates and parents will receive a free 6-month membership to the Summit Family Fitness Center upon completion.
The program is limited to 15 families who qualify and pre-register.
If interested, contact Brock Boone at (254) 298-5737.