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Letter: YMCA Weight Loss Program Changed My Son's Life

A story of one local boy's fight with obesity.

My name is Kim Sumner and I wanted to share a remarkable story about my son Tyler. Tyler has been battling child obesity for some time now and even some health issues that was caused by being overweight. He was pre-diabetic, blood pressure, asthma, body aches, etc.

My son weighed 110 lbs at the age of seven (he is now eight almost nine). Our pediatrician recommended that we try to get Tyler into an exercise program and to see a nutritionist. Well, finding a place for a seven year old is hard to come by and a nutritionist for a picky seven year old, that's a joke. It was also suggested that we have him tested for diabetes. Well when the test came back, we learned he was pre-diabetic.

My son attends and at the same time this was going on the school nurse had come to us with some news that she received about a program at the YMCA. She said that the YMCA was partnering up with United Health Care and was going to be doing a study about child obesity and that we should check it out. It was a 26 week program that required parents to go with their child once a week and learn about different ways to eat and exercise. I can not say enough about this program. It has done so much for Tyler.

When Tyler weighed his heaviest, kids would make fun of him and call him fat and always make him be "it" when playing tag because they knew he would never catch them because he couldn't run fast. Tyler also wanted to play football but with his weight he was unable to. He had trouble playing baseball because he had to stop every so often and use his inhaler because he would get short of breath. Tyler also always wore sweatpants or pants with elastic waistbands because he couldn't button a pair of jeans. He now can wear jeans with no problem.

Being out of the program for one year now, Tyler has lost 20 lbs and is no longer diabetic, he is asthma free, his blood pressure is good and no more body aches caused from weight. He plays baseball, basketball, dance, and is even going to play football this year. He is even skinnier than some of those kids that made fun of him. His self confidence is through the roof.

*Visit the YMCA website to learn more about the Join 4 Kids program.

Sarah March 26, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I commend you for being such a pro active mom! GO TYLER! Great job!!!!
Jeanne Casiano March 26, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Congratulations to Tyler...I'm sure the program has changed his life in ways he doesn't even know yet. My grandson Eddie is also an alumni of the JOIN program at the Bayside YMCA and his success has helped him immensely. Exercise and healthier eating are now a part of his life. The JOIN approach is tailored so well to the physical and emotional needs of children that the "dieting" concept is not some dark demon they will wrestle for a lifetime. Instead, they learn how to make smart food choices with the idea that a healthy lifestyle will prevent the need for "dieting". Kudos to the Y and to all the Tylers and Eddies....(and by that I mean congratulations, not the sweet, chocolatey, high-calorie snack!).
Cynthia Lachapelle Shannon March 26, 2012 at 07:04 PM
So very proud of his hard work and his newfound excellent health!
Michael Sumner o March 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I'm so prod of what you've accomplished son. Keep up the great work and positive attitude. Mommy and I are so proud of you.We love you so much.
Kim March 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Great job Tyler! I wish I had your willpower!
shannon edwards March 29, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Great job Tyler you look awesome!! Keep up the good work!
Ashley Martins April 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Great Job Tyler!!! Kim and Mike you are great parents!!
Sharon Lombardo April 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Tyler, AWESOME Job! Your an inspiration to me! Kim and Mike congrats to you two for the work and support that took. I am sure there were many difficult times. So happy for you all!

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