Established in 2008, MEND helps children, with the support of their families, reach and maintain a healthy weight. The MEND Foundation, an independent non-profit, runs the MEND 7–13 Program in collaboration with the YMCA and other community partners. MEND helps families change unhealthy attitudes about food and activity, keep physically active on a regular basis, learn how to choose tasty, nutritious and affordable foods that are good for health, and take action to maintain a healthy lifestyle for life.