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