Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It!

MEND 7-13 is a comprehensive, family-based Program that helps overweight children ages 7-13 improve their health, fitness and self-esteem. MEND 7-13 combines the three key elements of safe, effective weight management and sustained lifestyle change: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change.

Children and families who attend the Program learn important skills and knowledge to help them manage their weight and feel fitter, healthier and happier for the rest of their lives.

 MEND 7-13 has been developed and tested by some of the leading experts in child nutrition, child psychology and exercise in the UK and adapted for use in the US by local obesity experts. The Leaders who deliver the Programs and their assistants are trained by credentialed nutrition and exercise professionals who are experienced in pediatric weight management.





 MEND 7-13 is a 20-session family Program that meets for two hours twice a week and is attended by the child and at least one parent or caregiver. The first hour is an interactive family session on nutrition and behavior topics, followed by one hour of fun exercise for the children while the parents meet for support and discussion on topics such as goals and rewards, label reading and problem solving.

Before and after the Program, children are measured and they and their families complete questionnaires that help us monitor and evaluate improvements in body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, fitness and self-esteem. At the MEND 7-13 graduation, each family receives a directory of community resources for post-Program support such as local MEND Graduate activities, afterschool physical activity programs, follow-up measurements, and other local opportunities to help the children continue with the positive changes they made during MEND 7-13.