MEND - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!

Happy Family. Healthy Family. Fun Together.

MEND is a fun, family-focused 10-week program that demonstrates new ways to be healthy and helps families support their kids, ages 7-13, to reach a healthy weight. Gain energy & confidence while learning how healthy meals fuel a healthy, happy and productive life. Program is FREE and open to the public.

Take the first step toward a happier, healthier family. Register today! Call 512-236-9622 or email




  • A healthy family is a happier family.
  • Healthy kids perform better in school.
  • Healthy meals fuel a healthy and productive life.
  • More energy, more confidence -- these are the freedoms good health brings.


The YMCA of Austin is the first YMCA in the country to partner with MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! in offering a childhood obesity intervention program for children and their parents.

Through generous grants from St. David's Foundation, the YMCA will be offering programs over the next year at six different locations, including YMCA of Austin and community locations. Each program lasts 10 weeks and meets twice per week, typically a weekday evening and Saturday morning. Parents must attend with their child.

MEND combines 3 key elements of safe, effective weight management and sustained lifestyle change:

  1. Healthy eating
  2. Regular physical activity
  3. Behavior change.

Children and families who attend the MEND Program learn important skills and knowledge to help them manage their weight and feel fitter, healthier, and happier for the rest of their lives.

Children must be ages 7-13, overweight or obese, and may not be suffering from diabetes or debilitating asthma. Physician consent must be granted before program participation. One parent must be able to participate with their child in each session. Call Program Services, 512-236-9622, to enroll. Take the first step as a family and begin learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle!


Fall 2014 Locations:

  • Guerrero-Thompson Elem (español)  
  • North Austin YMCA (español)  
  • Langford Elementary (español)  
  • UT Elementary (English)
  • Andrews Elementary (español)  
  • East Communities YMCA (español)  

Download Recruitment Flyer (español)  

Download Physical Evaluation Form

MEND Referral Form



2015 Dates
  • TBA



St Davids Foundation

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