Free healthy lifestyle classes at Chicago Park District

April 2, 2012 9:52:26 AM PDT
The Chicago Park District is partnering with the MEND Foundation to launch an admission free, 10-week healthy lifestyle program open to families with children ages 7-13 who are above a healthy weight.

With one in three children overweight or obese, the MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition. . . Do it!) program aims to improve overall health and fitness of families. Families will learn how to read food labels and take part in nutrition sessions. They will also learn about healthy portion sizes and will be shown the effects different foods have on their health. During the course, children will participate in a wide variety of physical activities and games.

The MEND Foundation was established in 2008 as nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives ? with a focus on changing the behaviors that cause obesity. The foundation fulfills its vision with the MEND program, an obesity prevention and intervention program for low-income families in underserved communities. For more information, go

Families can get more information or register by calling 312-742-4740 or go to

(Colleen Lammel-Harmon, Wellness Manager of the Chicago Park District, is a registered dietician and is also the executive director of the Mayor's Fitness Council.)

Humboldt Park
1400 N. Sacramento Ave

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. from April 11-June 16.