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PinnacleHealth Eat Smart Play Smart Classes Begin in October

HARRISBURG, Pa. (September 9, 2013) -- PinnacleHealth Eat Smart, Play Smart is a weight management program for overweight children and their parents. Classes begin on the East and West Shore in October. Formerly known as KidShape, families meet once a week over nine weeks for a fun-filled program that helps overweight children (ages 6-14) to become healthy.

Eat Smart, Play Smart employs only degree, certified instructors in nutrition, mental health and physical education using interactive games, cooking demonstrations and minimal discussion to uncover habits, choices and learn how to make better ones in order to lead a healthy, productive life. This three-pronged approach focuses on increasing physical activity, eating a balanced, healthy diet and discussing why we make certain food choices.
  • Limit media time for kids to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day whether at home, school or child care
  • Serve healthy  foods and drinks
  • Limit foods and drinks with added sugar, fat and salt
  • Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables, limit foods high in fat and sugar, and prepare healthier foods at family meals
  • Serve your family water and avoid  " sugar "  drinks
  • Every child should get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
If you have concerns for you and your family, please speak to your family physician. He or she is the best resource to help you determine how to approach healthy lifestyle changes.

If a child's Body Mass Index (BMI) falls within the obese category, he or she qualifies for this program. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent.

Wednesday, October 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Fredricksen Outpatient Center, 2015 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg

Thursday, October 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Brady Building, PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Campus, 205 South Front Street, Harrisburg
Cost: $25 (refundable upon graduation). Great incentives and great fun!
Registration is required to enroll for either of these classes by calling the PinnacleHealth oneLine at (717) 231-8900.