Join the Get Fit Program at YWCA
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 9, 2018
(Nutrition Lesson from the Alexander Session, Fall 2017)
What is your new year’s resolution? The idea to eat healthier and become more physically active sounds appealing, but in reality, it’s much easier said than done.
Between work time and family commitments, there doesn’t seem to be much time left at the end of the day to think about preparing a healthy meal or visit-ing the local fitness facility. Life seems to get in the way of achieving that new year’s resolution.
“Life” (and other factors) has played a huge role in the obesity epidemic in our County. According to Department of Health’s Obesity Statistics for Gen-esee County, the percentage of adults who are overweight or obese is 63.5 % and that for children is 15.2 %. These rates are slightly higher compared to the New York State rates, which are 59.3 % and 14.5 %, respectively.
Being obese and overweight doesn’t just end there. It increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and other medical issues. Along with the risks for life-shortening chronic dis-eases, being overweight contributes to poor mental health associated with shame, self-blame, low self-esteem and depression.
To battle this problem locally, the Healthy Children and Families Coalition in Genesee County offers an eight-week family based program called Get Fit!
This program makes exercising and eating right fun and realistic. Throughout the program, families will bond together through exercising, making healthy food choices, discovering simple and time saving recipes that taste great, as well as learning how to eat right on a budget.
Begin the New Year on a positive note by enrolling your family today. A new 8-week session begins on Wednesday, January 17th through March 7th. Classes are held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA in Batavia.
If your family attends six of the eight classes your family will be enter to win a family pass to the YMCA.
It is a great time to start taking the steps to live a healthier life and doing so will make a positive difference in your life. The Genesee County YMCA, Rochester Regional Health United Memorial Medical Center, Rotary Club of Ba-tavia, Batavia City School District, Genesee County Health Department, City of Batavia Youth Bureau, Oakfield Family Medical Care, Insight Grants Development, and Fidelis Care are challenging all families to show commit-ment in becoming healthy in 2018!