Healthy Habits Support Group
Second Wednesday of each month.
Healthy Habits is an exercise and educational support group for pediatric patients. Our goal is to help combat childhood overweight and obesity in a way that is fun and informative for children and their families. Our experienced staff of pediatric specialists consists of:
- general pediatricians
- adolescent medicine providers
- pediatric endocrinologists
- registered dietitians
- health psychologists
- exercise specialists
- diabetes educators
How does it work?
Healthy Habits is held on the second Wednesday of each month. An initial session is held for newcomers in the morning, and our regular monthly meeting is held in the afternoon. Newcomers may choose to participate in the monthly meeting on the same day as their initial session, or return for their first regular session the following month.
The initial session is from 7:30 am – 11:30 am. It includes program orientation, screening tests and bloodwork, healthy breakfast, and an initial comprehensive medical exam. We will help you evaluate your whole health and identify habits for change to support a healthy life. A family approach to habit change is emphasized in order to create a supportive and caring environment. Realistic and obtainable initial health goals are set by participants and families are encouraged to attend our monthly follow up meetings.
Regular monthly sessions are held in the gym in Building 17 from 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm. During these meetings, we introduce new and interesting group exercises to demonstrate that exercise can be accessible, entertaining and rewarding. A new Healthy Habits topic is covered each month, and body metrics are tracked. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment to encourage success.
Who Can Participate?
The Healthy Habits program is designed for children ages 6-18 who would benefit from additional support towards reaching and maintaining healthier habits and weight. Although the focus is on the child, the program is an all-inclusive effort to help the entire family become healthier. Healthy Habits are changes for life!
How Can I Join?
Ask your primary care manager (PCM) for a referral or call 301-295-4959.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the time commitment?
The program consists of an initial session and 11 monthly follow-up sessions. Each follow-up session is two hours long.
The initial session includes:
- program orientation
- a physical exam and lab screenings
- goal setting
The remaining 11 follow-up sessions include education, physical activities, and peer and provider support.
Will my child have to miss school to attend?
The initial session runs from 7:30 am – 11:30 am. All other sessions are 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm. Sessions take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and school/work excuse notes are provided.
Is the program available on any other day of the week?
No. At this time, all sessions are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Are parents allowed to participate in the program?
Yes. This is a family based program and parents are strongly encouraged to participate.
What happens if we are not able to come to every session?
We know that it is not always possible to make it to every session. We are happy to work with you so that you are able to attend as many sessions as possible.
For more information, call 301-295-4959.