MEND - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!
MEND is an internationally recognized model founded on evidence-based research for improving healthy lifestyle habits in children and their families while reducing unhealthy habits. United Way is partnering with the Amarillo Health Department to improve the care and health of overweight and obese 7-13-year-old children through the implementation of the MEND program. More than 900 children over a three (3) year period will be reached.
Research has shown that programs that combine behavior change, physical activity, and nutrition with ongoing support for families are more likely to produce long-lasting health benefits. The MEND 7-13 Program has been designed by childhood obesity experts to contain all of these vital elements. MEND 7-13 meets the recommendations of the US Preventative Services Task Force for improving physical and mental health in overweight and obese children. Over 30,000 people in 5 countries have already benefitted from attending a MEND Program. MEND 7-13 is currently being run in diverse communities across the US, in partnership with YMCAs and other community-based organizations.
MEND launched in March and currently has a total of 19 enrolled between Wesley Community Center and Amarillo Town Club. The program will build both registrations through referrals and new sites throughout the coming months. For more information http://www.mendfoundation.org/