Are you concerned about your teen’s weight? Is it time to take a proactive step to help your child feel more confident now?
TEENS is a 4-month family-based lifestyle intervention at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for overweight teens ages twelve to sixteen.
The program includes weekly group classes for teens and parents that cover topics such as healthy eating, physical activity and goal-setting. Teens also have access to a gym with personal trainers.
The program is enrolling teens ages twelve to sixteen with a body mass index (BMI) above the eighty-fifth percentile plus a parent/guardian with a BMI above 25 kg/m2.
Both parents and teens must be able to participate in interactive group sessions, safely perform standard exercise activities, must live within a 30-mile radius of the program site at 2303 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA, and must not have a medical condition the impacts their weight (including pregnancy).
Parents are required to obtain medical clearance from their health care provider. For more information and to see if you and your teen are eligible go to TEENS or call (804) 527-4756.
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