Weight Management Program

Weight Management Program

Get Up & Go

Evidence-based weight management program for children builds healthy habits to last a lifetime

As you work with your child’s pediatrician to monitor growth, you may find that high weight is putting your child at risk for serious health problems or conditions.  Get Up & Go by Children’s Health℠ is supported by Kohl’s Cares and offers the support and education to assist you and your child in making lasting lifestyle changes. 

Designed by physicians and dietitians, our free 10-week Weight Management Program takes a team approach to achieving a healthy weight, encouraging both children and their families to attend and learn together. Data suggests that this type of program can make a significant impact in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.  More than 70% of graduates show improvement in their stamina and eating habits.


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  • Whole wheat pita bread
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • ¼ cup turkey rounds
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of Italian seasoning, to taste


Focusing on the family

Change is never easy. That’s why the Weight Management Program gives your entire family helpful resources to assist in the shift toward a healthy lifestyle. We welcome children, parents and siblings to learn about the importance of nutrition and regular physical activity with fun, engaging and interesting lessons.  

Classes focus on the importance of healthy food choices and fun physical activities. Each week, families will set goals with their program leader.

Our program schedule includes:

  • Orientation: Welcome & Overview of the Program
  • Class 1: Healthy Lifestyle Goal Setting
  • Class 2: Healthy Eating Basics
  • Class 3: Division of Responsibility
  • Class 4: Nutrition 101
  • Class 5: Bullying Prevention
  • Class 6: Mealtime
  • Class 7: Marketing, Media and Fast Food
  • Class 8: Grocery Store Tour
  • Class 9: Graduation and Maintenance
By participating in healthy activities, you can help your child feel less alone and more supported.
Vanessa Simpson, LMSW

Convenient classes in your community

Our long-standing partnership with the YMCA of Dallas brings our Weight Management Program to convenient locations across the region. This allows you to fit classes into your family’s busy schedule – and makes it easier to make healthy changes happen. While enrolled in the program, families will receive a 10-week YMCA membership. Families who complete the program also receive an additional free 10-week membership to their local YMCA.

Get started on your family’s journey to healthy habits

A referral from your child’s health care provider is required to participate in our Weight Management Program. The program is for children ages 6-14 who have a high body weight with a BMI over the 85th percentile. Ask your child’s provider to complete a referral form and fax it to 214-456-0194. Classes are also offered in English and Spanish. 

Our Bariatric Program offers weight loss surgery to reverse obesity

When an adolescent hasn’t found success with other methods of weight loss, doctors may recommend an evaluation for weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. This surgical technique changes the digestive tract, including the size of the stomach, so patients feel full sooner and eat less.

When combined with lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can help adolescents reach a healthier weight, improve self-esteem and reduce the likelihood of other chronic diseases. The program includes individual visits with access to a team of specialists.

  • Teens over the age of 14 who who have very high weight or obesity with a BMI over 35, have serious health conditions and a demonstrated willingness to make lifestyle changes may be candidates for bariatric surgery.


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