Seattle PI, March 1, 2008, Cherie Black, reporter.

There is an exciting Nutrition and fitness for Life Program at Virginia Mason Medical Center that is financed through the Seattle Seahawks and the annual “NFL Alumni Rumble at the Ridge” at TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge, which features NFL stars playing golf.

The kids are required to have a parent or guardian because this is a family responsibility,” said Beth Olencheck, a health educator who teaches the classes. “Parent have such power to be more active with their kids, and the behavior change must come from within.”

Beth Olencheck has the classes focus on why they eat, how to eat and media influences on unrealistic body images.

Obesity has more that tripled in children between 6 and 11 since 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nearly quadrupled in 12 to 19 year olds.

At Slender For Life™ I only work with children and young teenagers when the family is involved. kids love self hypnosis and hypnotherapy really works easily with children. After hypnosis kids can leave my office all excited and ready to exercise and make healthy eating choices – but that doesn’t go very far when a parent picks them up and drives them to McDonald’s and then takes them home where video games and TV become the babysitter.

One Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program parent said that “I didn’t want my children to feel isolated and singled out since this is such a family issue. it’s parental decisions that drive what happens and when you see them understand things  and make better decisions for themselves, you know it’s working.”

If you are ready to change your families eating and exercise habits then hypnosis can be a valuable tool in in Becoming Slender For Life.