Weekley Family YMCA Encouraging ‘Healthy Family Homes’

September 9, 2008

During American On the Move Week with the YMCA, Sept. 20-27, the Weekley Family YMCA is inviting families to join more than 1,400 YMCAs nationwide in creating a “healthy family home.” This year, YMCAs are introducing families to YMCA Healthy Family Home, an approach that encourages families to move more, eat healthier and build strong family relationships.

Research shows that many families already know that they need to be more active and eat healthier foods, but they often don’t know where to start. The Weekley Family YMCA
is encouraging families to take “small steps” in creating a “Healthy Family Home”, and offers simple and practical tools for families to begin eating healthier, become more physically active and make more time for family.

“Steps” are awarded for actual steps taken during the week as well as equivalents for all other forms of physical activity, such as swimming, biking and dancing, and other group or family activities that promote well-being, such as eating together as a family. Healthy Family Home’s research has shown that these kinds of family activities can produce significant long-term results, according to YMCA representatives.

Some of the activities at the Weekley Family YMCA include:

  • Become a member of the Weekley Family YMCA during this week and receive a free pedometer and pay a $60 Joining Fee (regular monthly rates apply)
  • Active Older Adult Open House from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 24
  • Family Night Out Event for members from 7:45-9:45 p.m. Sept. 26

Participants can begin to track their “steps” by contacting the Weekley Family YMCA to request an America on the Move Quick Start Guide with a tracking form and step conversions for common exercises and activities, or by signing up at www.ymca.net.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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