Free program in Duncan aims to have Cowichan Valley families on the MEND

Getting active and learning about lifestyle habits and nutrition is something your family can do together thanks to a free program.

Getting active and learning about lifestyle habits and nutrition is something your family can do together thanks to a free program being held at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.

Fresh off the success of this fall’s program, the folks at the Centre are gearing up to again offer the MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) program, which offers children aged seven to 13 and their caregivers an opportunity to get together twice a week with a group of like-minded families for fun and information, according to Jill Amy, the Aquatic Centre’s fitness programmer.

“Raising healthy kids is hard; MEND can help,” Amy said. “That’s why North Cowichan is offering this free program that supports children and their families in becoming more active and healthier through interactive group sessions.”

Worried your children are spending more time in front of the screen than on their feet, playing? Want to brush up on your nutrition knowledge? If you desire a helping hand in making your family healthier this program may be for you.

Sessions run on Monday and Wednesday nights between 6 and 8 p.m. for 10 weeks, beginning Jan. 11.

While the goal is to come away with knowledge and improved lifestyle habits, and of course to accomplish something as a family, the prize at the end is equally impressive — a three-month family pass to the Aquatic Centre for completion of the program. Space is limited, so contact Jill Amy at 250-746-3306 or jill.amy@northcowichan.ca soon to find out if MEND is right for your family.