New Milford Hospital will on July 11 kick off an eight-week "Eat Smart, Play Hard, Have Fun" series designed to help families learn how to plan healthy meals, work towards a healthy weight and stay active as a family.

Classes will be held Wednesdays July 11 through Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at a variety of location to promote family activities.

Each class is built around the core principles that good nutrition, regular exercise and behavior change drive healthy weight maintenance, not dieting.

The goal of the program is to help change behaviors so that the entire family adopts healthy dietary choices and engages in regular exercise.

Course highlights will include a cooking demonstration with a professional chef, outdoor adventures at the Pratt Nature Center and a graduation party at March Farms in Bethlehem.

The cost is $50 per family.

Pre-registration is requested by calling toll-free 800-350-1595 or visiting www.newmilfordhospital.org by June 29.