Healthy Lifestyles Weight Management Program Offered for Parents and Children

March 18, 2008

Nationwide Childrens Hospital and the YMCA of Central Ohio are offering a four-week educational program, Healthy Lifestyles Weight Management. This clinical program, which begins April 1, is designed for children ages 8-12 who struggle with their weight, and for parents who are concerned about their childs weight, eating habits and physical activity.

Both parents and children attend these classes at the same time, but participate in different activities. Some of the program topics for parents include recipe makeovers; self-esteem workshops; and learning about portion control, food labels, foods to purchase and healthy options when eating out. The children will participate in fun and fitness activities under the supervision of the YMCA.

The program is held every Tuesday evening 6:30-7:30 p.m. for four weeks as follows: April 1, 8, 15 and 22. The final class on April 22 will be extended 6:30-8 p.m. Classes are held at the Gahanna YMCA, 555 YMCA Place, in Gahanna.

Cost is $25 per adult and $25 per child for the four-week session. Children may only attend if an adult registers. Fees include the four educational sessions and monthly newsletters mailed to the home for six months after course completion. 

For program information and registration, call Nationwide Childrens Hospital Education at (614) 355-0662 or visit

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at