Jameson KidShape Classes to Promote Healthy Kids Starts September 19th

Date: 08/19/2011

Jameson KidShape Classes to Promote Healthy Kids Starts September 19th

New Castle, PA – August 30, 2011 - The next KidShape class is scheduled to begin Monday, September 19th through October 29th.  Interested families should contact Charlane Verdi in the Community & Staff Education Department at Jameson Hospital at 724-656-4094 or chverdi@jamesonhealth.org.

All classes meet at the Jameson South Conference Center located at 1000 S. Mercer Street, New Castle, Pennsylvania - from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on Mondays and 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

KidShape is a family based program that focuses on behavior modification and includes nutrition education, peer discussion, group support, exercise and other fun activities which promote wellness and self-esteem.  The 9-session program is targeted toward children ages 6 – 14 who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight and whose BMIs are in the 85thor 95thpercentile according to their age and sex.

The goal of the KidShape program is to promote healthy lifestyles.  Eighty-seven percent of the students enrolled lose weight during the nine weeks of the program.  Parents/guardians have also reported weight loss and often better control of their own illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

This program is co-sponsored by the Jameson Hospital Community and Staff Education Department and The Highmark Foundation.