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Weight Management for Kids


Weight loss isn’t just about dieting. It also involves regular exercise, portion control, making healthy food substitutions, eating in moderation and enhancing self-esteem. Why Weight?, our unique weight management program for kids ages 8-11 and 12-15, addresses all these aspects of healthy eating while making it fun and interesting for kids. Along with one parent or guardian per child, participants learn how to make choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.

Why Be Concerned About Overweight Children?

There are a number of reasons to be concerned if your child is overweight:

  • At least 70% of overweight children become overweight adults.
  • They are at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems as they age.
  • Overweight children are developing Type II diabetes in record numbers, a disease that was once found only among adults. 
  • Children who are overweight can suffer from low self-esteem and teasing from their peers.  Helping your child to learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices is one of the most important things you can do for him or her.

How Does the Program Work?

When your child enrolls in Why Weight?, he or she will be part of a small, supportive group of kids with similar experiences. There will be a healthy dose of fun, upbeat exercise and a friendly environment. The atmosphere will be interactive and noncompetitive. The kids enjoy: 

  • Fun, interactive food and nutrition education 
  • Supervised physical activity
  • Family coaching

The class meets for two hours per week for six weeks. Each class focuses on nutrition, self-esteem coaching and physical activity.

Parents Learn, Too!

Why Weight? makes it easy for you to create an environment that helps your children - and your whole family - stay healthy. You’ll get information on: 

  • Making healthy food choices
  • Exercises that can be done at home
  • Improving your child’s self esteem

So you can give your child the support s(he) needs to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy self-image.

Who Staffs the Program?

Why Weight? is staffed by registered dietitians, certified health educators and exercise specialists.

What Does the Program Cost?

The cost of the program is $200.

For more information on how Why Weight? can improve your child’s health for life, call (813) 870-4808.



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