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Movin' and Losin' Program Helps Families Improve Health and Well-Being

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

FORT ATKINSON – Fort HealthCare clinicians have developed Movin’ and Losin’, a new family-based wellness program that targets weight, nutrition and activity in both children (ages 8-15) and parents.

The program builds on the strength of the family while encouraging families to incorporate healthier eating and fitness habits into their everyday lifestyle. Parents learn skills to curb poor eating habits and sharpen limit-setting skills to prompt children toward a healthier lifestyle. Children accept more responsibility for nutrition and activity and, in response, food becomes less important, activity more exciting and the child’s weight begins to stabilize.

Movin’ and Losin’ is a protective approach so almost any child could benefit from participating. All potentially harmful or distressing techniques are avoided, including rigid or low-calorie diets. Weight loss is gradual, which includes weight maintenance while growing. The exercise component stresses overall fitness, including endurance, flexibility and strength.

Fort HealthCare’s Movin’ and Losin’ program will begin Tuesday, September 17 and meet for 6 weeks. Classes will be Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fort HealthCare Therapy & Sport Center at 1504 Madison Avenue, Fort Atkinson. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Heidi Jennrich and Occupational Therapist, Alyssa Maurer, will cover a different topic each week, and each class will include a family activity utilizing Fort HealthCare’s new Railyard fitness equipment. Railyard fitness is a portable obstacle course that has received rave reviews from physical education, athletic condition, personal training and institutional fitness experts worldwide. Cost is $10 per family and there are a limited number of spaces available.

To register, visit and click on “A Healthier You” or call (920) 568-5244.