Hampshire Regional YMCA


This new YMCA program begins on March 25!  Attend an information session on Monday, March 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm or Saturday, March 9 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm!  Click here for more information.

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session evidence-based program for children with obesity.   The family-based weight-management program focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight.

Healthy Weight and Your Child’s curriculum is adapted from the most widely disseminated and extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. Studies have shown that the program is cost-efficient and effective in reducing a child’s body mass index and waist circumference, reducing sedentary behaviors, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem.

The program is designed with the whole family in mind, engaging a child and adult in education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit positive change and help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits.

Healthy Weight and Your Child is delivered by two trained leaders: A Content Leader and an Activity Leader. Both leaders play an equally significant role in facilitating the program. The Content Leader delivers the education and nutrition portions of the program. The Activity Leader, trained to deliver evidence-based games and exercises safely for children with obesity, delivers the physical activity portion of the curriculum and supports the delivery of the content portion of the class.

For more information, contact Jennifer Allen at 413-584-7086 ext. 125 or jennifer.allen@hrymca.org.