Nearly one in three children are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control, putting our nation’s youth at higher risk for a multitude of emotional and health issues. For example, obese children and teens are more likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, and in many cases have poor self esteem and become more severely obese as adults.
Good nutrition and exercise are key to reversing this epidemic. Throughout the summer, Sarasota Memorial Healthplex exercise physiologists are offering month-long exercise programs for youth (age 10-15), 5:30-6:30 pm Tuesday & Thursday. Classes promote health and fitness while teaching kids the safe and proper way to use fitness equipment, how to monitor and measure their activity level and make healthier choices to boost their ability in school and sports. Cost is $99 (children 10-12 require parent Healthplex membership). Next session begins July 12. Call (941) 917-7981 to register.
Family nutrition counseling & lifestyle coaching also is available by appointment. Call (941) 917-7777 for information.
Relax at Sarasota Memorial’s free expressive arts studio, a weekly program to promote creative expression, relaxation, health and healing, every Monday, at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Supplies provided. RSVP: (941) 917-7293.