Pilot Program – FUEL: Mind and Body Fitness for Adolescents

Pilot Program – FUEL: Mind and Body Fitness for Adolescents

When: 6-7:30 pm  |  Tuesdays & Thursdays  February 24-May 15
At Eastside Family YMCA
Ages 11-13

YMCA of Greater Rochester and UR Medicine Fitness Science are teaming up to provide a free comprehensive wellness pilot program for adolescents.

Members ages 11-13 can participate in learning nutrition foundations, mindset training, and beginning levels of strength and conditioning for a complete approach to health and fitness.

Session Breakouts

45-minute sessions for Mindset and Nutrition (rotated every other session)
45-minute sessions for strength and conditioning (every session)

Weeks 1-4

  • Learn the foundations of fitness, mindset and nutrition, and create baseline wellness measures through evaluations and assessments.
  • Introduce parents to the program with joint learning sessions.
  • Develop personal mindset values and goals.

Weeks 5-8

  • Nutrition guidelines on how to manage appropriate food portions, healthy fats and how to read nutrition labels. Parents session on meal preparation and planning.
  • Mindset training on focus, concentration and communication skills – learning self-talk, process goals, controlling the controllable.

Weeks 9-12

  • Build resilience skills through techniques to bounce back from adversity with life challenges.
  • Discuss the building blocks of confidence and self-belief.
  • Final nutrition parent and student session: learning easy dinners at home and new healthy recipes.
  • Conclude the program through final assessments and creating action plans to continue newly learned healthy habits.

Program Goals

  • Curriculum developed for adolescents to help build healthy habits.
  • Learn reachable healthy guidelines for nutrition; fun, strength-building activities focused on injury prevention; and mindset tools to manage stress, stay focused and increase resilience.
  • Build new connections with YMCA members through engaging group activities.
  • Parents can participate to help reinforce learning.
  • Collaboration between YMCA and UR Medicine brings a comprehensive approach to wellness.


To register, please contact Mike Avery by email or phone at 585-341-3041. Register today – space is limited to only 16 participants.