Free program helps MEND lifestyles

The 10-week program for kids ages 5 to 13 is now registering in Abbotsford.

A free program that gives kids and parents the tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle is currently registering new participants across B.C., including in Abbotsford.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition … Do it!), a 10-week program for children ages five to 13, begins in January.

Group sessions include a mix of interactive family activities, practical demonstrations, games, and tips about healthy foods, label reading, and portion sizes.

Organizers say that kids who attended previous MEND programs increased their physical activity, decreased their screen time, and improved their self-esteem.

For more information, including how to register, visit the website www.bchealthykids.ca.