Childhood and adolescent obesity is on the rise in McHenry County and many parents and children don’t know where to turn. Diets are often not the answer and many children don’t get the regular activity they need to maintain a healthy weight.Centegra Health System is announcing its new program, Centegra Kids in Motion, to help kids and families achieve a healthier lifestyle. This is a unique program designed to help children and their families tackle weight issues through a multidisciplinary approach using nutrition education, behavioral therapy and physical activity. Registered dietitians, exercise specialists and behavioral specialists direct the program and work together to offer education and support that will lead to healthier lifestyles.The dietitians are educated and trained food experts, registered and licensed in the state of Illinois. The exercise specialists are trained and certified personal trainers from Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center. The behavior specialists meet a variety of emotional needs and support for behavior change.Centegra Kids in Motion is flexible and allows for participants to select classes that address their personal areas of interest.”We are offering three tiers of education that can be selected depending upon the degree of commitment that works best for each family,” said Julie Patterson clinical nutrition manager with Centegra Health System.The tiers are as follows:
- Bronze level includes eight hours of activities that features four educational classes and four hours of physical activity instruction. It is designed to be a four-to-six-week program. Cost is $150.
- Silver level includes 14 hours of activities that features seven educational classes and seven hours of physical activity instruction. It is designed to be a six-to-eight-week program. Cost is $275.
- Gold level includes 22 hours of activities that features 11 educational classes and 11 hours of physical activity instruction. It is designed to be a 12-week program. Cost is $400.
An information session will be conducted from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at Centegra Hospital-McHenry in classroom B and C. A detailed explanation of the program will be provided. A subsequent orientation will provide fitness testing and schedule review.”We really hope toimplement healthy eating patterns and exercise behavior along with improving feelings and communication,” Patterson said. “It is our goal to provide children with the building blocks needed to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and prevent chronic disease for years to come.” For more information about the program, call 815-759-4171.