What is the Life in Balance for Kids Program?
The Life in Balance for Kids Program is a two-week or four-week program to help kids learn how to make healthy and lasting lifestyle choices. The program combines fitness, nutrition, art, and meditation to help kids foster creativity, become more active, learn to relax, and live life in balance.
During the program, kids will be assigned to a multidisciplinary team to support them, guide their activities, and monitor their progress while in a fun and motivating environment. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours over 2 weeks and 20 hours over 4 weeks. The two-week program includes:
- 4 Small Group Training Sessions
- 4 Nutrition Classes
- 2 Art Classes
- 2 Meditation and Relaxation Classes
The four-week program includes:
- 8 Small Group Training Sessions
- 8 Nutrition Classes
- 4 Art Classes
- 4 Meditation and Relaxation Classes
What are the key elements of the program?
The program consists of the following key elements:
- Small group training sessions following NASM’s Youth Fitness Curriculum
- Nutrition classes with our dietitian to help with education, recipes, and tips for making consistently healthy meal choices
- Meditation and relaxation classes to learn how to calm and manage strong emotions through deep breathing, sensory awareness, and mindfulness
Each session will include:
- a fitness class with personal trainer Andrew Tucker
- a nutrition class with dietitian Victoria Nieveen, teaching healthy eating and showing kids how to prepare healthy foods
- a class on art, relaxation, or meditation with either Maria Ojascastro or Sarah Lewis
Each session also includes a healthy snack and art supplies.
Why do the program?
Kids who live an active life have a decreased risk of cardiovascular illness, stronger bones, more positive mental health, and increased self-confidence later in life. The Life in Balance for Kids Program will jump-start these healthy habits. It is designed for youth ages 8-12 who want to boost their activity level and gain confidence in a fitness center.
Using the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) curriculum for youth, the program team will help the young participants develop knowledge around basic concepts in fitness, nutrition, and their bodies so that they can learn to lead a more healthy, active life.
Participants will learn how visual art moves the mind to action and provides expressive tools to adapt to everyday challenges. Our Art for Well-Being instructor will show kids how ever-increasing fine motor and visual challenges help open new neural networks, increasing neuroplasticity and self-directedness.
Meditation teaches kids how to calm the tensions and struggles in their thoughts, become more aware of their senses and surroundings, and experience an increased sense of well-being.
When is it, and what is the cost?
The sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. After completion of the program, the participant will need a membership to continue to access classes and services.
Two-week programs: $275 for members / $325 for non-members
- Monday, July 15 to Wednesday, July 24 (four sessions)
- Monday, July 29 to Wednesday, August 7 (four sessions)
Four-week program: $475 for members / $525 for non-members
- Monday, July 14 to Wednesday, August 7 (eight sessions)
How do I sign up?
This program is open to all membership levels. Non-members may participate in this program with a Program Membership. To sign your child up for the Life in Balance for Kids Program, connect with a PALM Navigator.