Bastyr University is bringing back an innovative program aimed at teaching families the importance of healthy lifestyles in an effort to prevent and reduce the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The Active Pediatric and Parental Lifestyle Education (APPLE) Core program takes place Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Bastyr University campus in Kenmore, Wash. Hosted by the Bastyr University Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science and with support from LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and Regence, the program focuses on healthy lifestyle choices for children and their families.
"Bastyr University is taking steps to improve the health of our nation’s youth," said Tiffany Reiss, PhD, APPLE Core director and director of the Exercise Science and Wellness program at Bastyr University. "To do so, we need to educate not only children but also their parents about healthy lifestyle behaviors such as eating right, preparing healthy foods and exercising together. The whole-family approach is what makes this program unique."
Participating families will spend quality time together learning about health, nutrition and exercise in a supportive, educational setting. As part of the day’s activities, parents will receive a lesson in how to shop for healthy groceries, and parents and children will learn how to prepare a healthy meal together as a family. The hands-on, interactive program will promote healthy living using a holistic approach that includes:
- Fun and instructive whole-food nutrition education, with acclaimed chef Maxime Bilet
- Behavioral counseling for the child and family
- Family-oriented physical activity and health education
- A family cooking class
- Lunch will be provided
- Each family will receive T-shirts and a QFC gift card for purchasing healthy groceries
The APPLE Core program has a few openings left for those interested in being part of this one-day program, at a cost of just $15 per family. To be eligible, children should be between the ages of 8 and 12, and parents must complete a registration and health history questionnaire form.
For more information or to sign up, click here. Bastyr University is located at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, WA 98028.
About Bastyr University
Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.