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Children’s Health YMCA Programs | Get Up & Go Program


Healthy Lifestyle Program

Our mission at Children’s Health has always been to make life better for children, and that includes serving the needs of the entire family. In keeping with that philosophy, Children’s has partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas to provide families with a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle program called Get Up & Go.

Get Up & Go

Beginning in 2015 the Get Up & Go program will be available for ages 2 – 14 in English and Spanish.

To sign up for the Get Up & Go program, talk with your primary care provider and ask for a program referral. Your provider will send the referral to the YMCA, and the YMCA will contact you to make sure the program is a good fit for your family. 

Discover more about the Get Up & Go Program.

Know Before You Go

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Each year emergency rooms treat 3,500 children for near-drowning incidents.

Children’s Medical Center is partnering with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Alliance Data, the Dallas Area Safe Kids Coalition and IPSSA on the Know Before You Go drowning prevention campaign to educate families about the dangers of drowning and the rules of water safety.

The three main points of the campaign center on:

  • Test & Teach: YMCAs offer free swim assessments to test a child’s swimming skills.
  • Watch & Guard: Assign an adult to supervise all pool activities, and create barriers around a pool.
  • Throw, Don’t Go: Throw a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child or adult. Never jump in the water to attempt to save someone who is drowning.

Free swimming safety presentations are available for schools, churches or community groups.  The initiative also conducts drowning prevention presentations throughout the community.

Another program under the Know Before You Go umbrella is Make a Splash. Certified YMCA lifeguards and swim instructors from the Dallas YMCA go into low-income apartment complexes to offer free swim lessons to children.

The Know Before You Go program is working with the Safe Kids Worldwide global network to create a professional curriculum that could become the model for all Safe Kids water safety programs.

For Providers Only

Click here for the referral form. Referrals must be completed by a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or physician and must be faxed from a physician’s office.

Get Up & Go Locations

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