"Obesity can be considered a modern-day epidemic," YMCA Wellness Director Marci Cygan said.
"There's only a minimal amount of information available in LaPorte County, so we will try to test as many kids as we can to give more support to statistical data," Cygan
said."Our testing will involve height, weight, strength and body mass index.All information is confidential.This is not something we will publish with names or anything like that.This is just going to go into a pool."Cygan
says that in addition to the fitness assessments, the YMCA
will work to improve the physical health of the kids.
"We're going to test these kids, then institute small changes like daily exercise and nutritious snacks," Cygan
explained."We are making childhood obesity one of our main focuses in our programs."
The grant has allowed the YMCA
to hire a registered dietician who will train staff members on proper nutrition for children.Cygan
says they are also working with a psychologist.
While parents can ask that their children not be tested, Cygan
says every child in a YMCA program will gain the advantage of the exercise and healthy eating.
"It's really going to be exciting to be able to do this," she