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Get Up & Go


Helping children achieve healthier habits

Our mission at Children’s Health℠ has always been to make life better for children, which includes serving the needs of the entire family. In keeping with that philosophy, physicians and dieticians at Children’s Health have developed Get Up & Go, an innovative series of programs with a family-centered approach. Each Get Up & Go program focuses on a specific aspect of healthy family living, including cooking habits, the importance of exercise, preventing Type 2 Diabetes and more.

Kick start a new, healthier lifestyle for your family by participating in one or more of the programs below!

Prepare your child for a healthy and active life!

In partnership with the YMCA of Dallas, Children’s Health offers “Get Up & Go,” a 10-week weight management program for children and their parents. Designed by our physicians and Registered Dietitians, this program addresses the needs of children who are overweight or obese by creating awareness and understanding of how lifestyle choices affect health.  

For nine weeks, children and parents will meet one day per week for one and a half hours. During each class, your family will learn about a specific healthy lifestyle topic, enjoy physical activity, and set family goals for the week with a program leader.

Get Up & Go is available in both English and Spanish for ages 2-18. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a physician referral is required.    

To sign up for the Get Up & Go program, talk with your child’s physician and ask for a program referral.  Your physician will complete the referral form and fax to the Get Up & Go team.  Once received, we will contact you for enrollment. 

For a list of Get Up and Go locations click here. Should you have additional questions about the program, please feel free to contact the Get Up & Go team at 214-456-6312

Family Cooking Class

Join Children’s Health for free hands-on cooking classes. Led by a Chef and a Clinical Dietitian, this 4-week program teaches children how to cook simple, nutritious meals. Each week, you and your family will prepare healthy and delicious dishes that you can easily recreate at home.

Your family will learn:

  • Basic cooking techniques to make meal preparation easier
  • How nutrition and physical activity build a healthier family
  • How to fit healthy eating into any budget

This class is for families with children ages 8 – 18. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

To enroll in this program, please contact Otoniel Santiago at 214-456-2362 or by email Otoniel.Santiago@childrens.com. Space is limited.

Type 2 diabetes prevention

Do you have a family history of diabetes? Has your child received a prediabetes diagnosis? 

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this program is for you and your child! Enroll in this free 5-week series for families to enjoy:

  • Fun interactive games to help children understand diabetes
  • On-site physical activity for the family
  • Family grocery store tour from a Registered Dietitian
  • The opportunity to meet and interact with other families

Facilitated by a clinical dietitian or health educator, this 5-week program educates on the risks of Type 2 Diabetes.  The child and parent/guardian learn how diabetes affects one’s health and the important role that nutrition and physical activity play in preventing this disease. 

This program is available in both English and Spanish for ages 6-18. Classes meet weekly for one and a half hours, and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  A physician referral is required.    

Contact Otoniel Santiago at 214-456-2362 or Otoniel.Santiago@childrens.com for more information.

After School Program

Children’s Health is pleased to announce a partnership with area afterschool programs and the opportunity to deliver nutrition education classes to students throughout North Texas.

We offer a 4, 6, or 8 week nutrition education afterschool program for children ages 6 – 11. We use a train-the-trainer model and can offer a turn-key option where our Health Educator teaches the curriculum. 

During each class children learn healthy lifestyle behaviors, including the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and the benefits of spending more time being physically active and less time in front of a TV or playing video games.

Contact Brenda Olvera at 214-456-6310 or Brenda.Olvera@childrens.com for more information.

For Providers Only

Click here for the referral form. Referrals must be completed by a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or physician and must be faxed from a physician’s office.

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