Nutrition & Fitness for Life

The Nutrition and Fitness for Life (N.F.L.) Program at Virginia Mason teaches children and teens ages 5–18 and their families how to make healthy choices with food and exercise. It’s a healthy lifestyle program, not a weight loss program.

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What do families learn?

Healthy eating: nutrition basics, energy in/energy out, “close to nature” food vs. processed, portion control, mindful eating, types of hunger, what is in food, daily calorie needs, importance of family meals

Getting enough activity: finding something kids love to do, being active together as a family when possible, encouraging and supporting kids in staying active.

Emotional well-being: body image, self-esteem, dealing with feelings in new ways without turning to food

Also: limiting screen time, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, self-care

Family teamwork: making it fun, staying motivated, supporting each other, parental control

How does it work?

Families attend 90-minute evening classes once a week for five weeks. At least one parent must attend with the child. The whole family is welcome and encouraged to attend.

What are the class locations?

Classes are offered year-round at the Virginia Mason Federal Way, Issaquah, and University Village Medical Centers.

When are the classes scheduled?

The current class schedule can be found here:

What is the program cost?

Virginia Mason is proud to offer the N.F.L program to our patients and all other families in the community at no cost.   While the program is not covered by insurance plans, enrollees are asked to consider a donation of $150 per family to help offset the expense of the program ($490 per family) and keep it sustainable. A donation of any amount is appreciated. It is 100% tax-deductible and may be eligible to be matched by your employer.

Where can I find more information?

To request more information on the program, please contact Beth Olenchek, Beth.Olenchek@VirginiaMason.org or fill out the Nutrition and Fitness for Life Information Request form.

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