COACH Program for Childhood Obesity and Weight Management

COACH Program for Childhood Obesity and Weight Management

Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH)

The COACH program at Children's Health℠ is the only comprehensive childhood obesity program in North Texas.

The Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH) Program is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children with obesity and weight-related complications, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

We believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping children and their families establish healthy habits, lose weight and keep it off. That’s why we bring together a range of specialists to create personalized plans that address your child’s unique medical, nutritional, emotional and physical needs. 

We've helped hundreds of children in our region lose weight and make healthy exercise and eating choices, now and over a lifetime.

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EGGstraordinary Frittatas

Using three different food groups, this recipe is EGGstra healthy and sure to satisfy your kids' hunger.

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites (½ cup)
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped spinach 
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of salt, to taste
  • Pinch of pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil spray

Click here for the full recipe and instructions

Why choose the COACH Program for childhood obesity treatment?

Our COACH Program brings together a team of experts – including a physician, nurse practitioner, nurse, dietitian, psychologist and social worker – who specialize in helping kids lose weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Our team knows that a child’s entire family needs to be involved to create the best chance at long-term lifestyle changes. That’s why they take a family-centered approach, and partner with both a child and their family to build skills around healthy eating and exercise.

The COACH program is designed for children between 6 and 17 years old who have a BMI at or above the 95th percentile. Your child's primary care provider (PCP) can help determine if they’re eligible.

What can I expect in the COACH Program?

Medical evaluation

During your child’s first visit, a doctor will do a physical exam, ask questions about your family history and conduct lab tests. This evaluation will help rule out medical causes for weight gain (such as hormone issues) and identify any weight-related issues (such as high cholesterol, depression and anxiety). If we identify any issues, we will refer your child to the right specialist at Children’s Health or in your community.

Exercise and nutrition counseling

Healthy diet and exercise are key to the COACH Program. You and your child will meet with a dietitian and exercise trainer on your first visit. They’ll teach your family about healthy eating and exercise, create a personalized nutrition and activity plan, and work with you and your child to develop short- and long-term goals.

Follow-up care

After the first appointment, your child will meet with a COACH provider every three to six months to track their progress, answer questions and address any new health concerns.

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