Healthy Weight and Your Child is a weight-management program for children ages 7-13 years old, that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and behavior change to empower children, and families, to live a healthier and active lifestyle.

How the Program Works:

Through the leadership of Y staff, the yearlong, evidence-based program engages a child and adult as a pair, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. The program emphasizes behavior changes to support healthy eating and physical activity.

Families registered for this program will work with trained leaders through 25 sessions. During this time, children and an adult will learn about topics, including:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Portion control
  • Internal and external triggers
  • Food label reading
  • Goal setting and rewards


  • Children must be between 7-13 years old
  • Carry excess weight
  • Have a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher
  • Receive clearance from a health care provider to participate in physical activity

for More Information:

To learn more about the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Healthy Weight and Your Child Program, click here to access the program brochure, contact Hanna Misiak, Health Integration Operations Executive, at 414-357-2825, or email mkehealthyliving@ymcamke.org.