MEND is a FREE and fun program that empowers families with children aged 5 -7 and 7-13 who are above a healthy weight to become healthier.
Change lifestyle habits. Discover easy ways to make healthy changes at home that will last a lifetime.
Play more and be physically active. Have fun doing it!
Eat healthier food. This includes meal preparation and reading labels.
Take action. Have fun with others who face similar challenges and work together for a healthier, active, family lifestyle.
MEND is an evidence-based program with over nine years of international research results demonstrating positive effects on both physical outcomes and psychological indices. An evaluation of the program in BC has found statistically significant positive changes after MEND included increases in eating vegetables and fruit, increased physical activity, decreased sedentary behaviour, decreased child and parent BMI, decreased child waist circumference and increased psychological well-being (emotional distress, body esteem and self-esteem) using standardized and validated instruments and testing protocols.
MEND is delivered at your local recreation centre by trained
leaders who support your family in making changes in physical
activity and eating habits.
MEND 5-7 consists of one hour 45 minute interactive group session a week for 10 weeks and MEND 7-13 consists of two 2-hour interactive group sessions a week for 10 weeks. Sessions focus on healthy meal planning, goal setting and physical activity. More play, less screen time, and improved self-esteem are some of the many benefits of MEND.
MEND is offered in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley, Abbotsford, Cranbrook, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Powell River, Prince George, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Newton (Surrey), Guildford (Surrey), Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission (Kelowna), Rutland (Kelowna), North Cowichan, Squamish, Penticton, Agassiz and Saanich.
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- Parents/caregivers join their children in each session to learn how to choose healthier foods
- Families participate in practical demonstrations and games that offer tips about healthy eating, label reading and portion sizes
- Physical activity sessions focus on having fun, learning new skills and being active as a family
- Trained leaders show how small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference in whole family's health
- Group sessions allow families to learn from one another, and discuss and share their successes and challenges.
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