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MEND in Chicago


MEND 7-13 is one of the world’s largest evidence-based healthy lifestyle programs that empowers 7 to 13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach and maintain a healthy weight. It does this by helping families change unhealthy attitudes about food and activity (Mind), keep physically active on a regular basis (Exercise), learn how to choose foods that are healthy, tasty and nutritious (Nutrition), and take action to maintain a healthy lifestyle – for life (Do It!). For the past three years, the ILAACP has partnered with the MEND Foundation to deliver the MEND 7-13 program to overweight and obese youth through a diverse cross-section of community-based delivery partners.

In its role as the coordinating entity for MEND in Chicago, ILAACP managed the collaboration of community-based delivery partners implementing the MEND program in several culturally-diverse neighborhoods with particularly high levels of obesity. Over the past three years the ILAACP has delivered thirteen (13) MEND 7-13 programs. The data below has been collected for a total of 124 children and their families.

Major achievements across the group:

• Average reduction of .4 BMI units
• Decrease of .3 inches on waist circumference
• Increase of 6.3 hours per week in physical activity
• Average decrease of 3.7 hours per week in sedentary activity
• Decrease of 4.2 beats per minute in recovery heart rate

MEND in Chicago is made possible through the generous support of

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To learn more about MEND in Chicago, please contact Isaac McCoy, ILAACP Special Initiatives Director, at 312.850.4444 ext. 227.

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