The Mind component of MEND 7-13 consists of eight sessions designed to improve the child’s self-esteem and address behavior change.  These sessions help families overcome challenges in changing the child’s eating and exercise habits and offer suggestions on how the family can support the child’s efforts in making long-lasting lifestyle changes.  Some of the Mind sessions are for parents or caregivers only.

The Mind sessions cover:

•    Goals and rewards
•    External and internal triggers
•    Role modeling
•    Problem solving

The final Mind session highlights the positive qualities of each child as identified by their MEND peers, parents and leaders. This serves to boost the child’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Each child receives a Good Things About Me poster as a reminder of the good qualities others see in each of them.