Shapedown BC is a program that helps children, adolescents, and their families achieve healthy weights. There are no diets involved in the program. Instead, Shapedown BC supports families in creating healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. Families learn to set goals that target positive lifestyle changes and also look at the issues that may block positive change.
Children and teens improve self-esteem and peer relationships and adopt healthier habits. Parents will learn to sharpen their nurturing and limit setting skills which will help them feel better about their relationship with their child. The whole family becomes healthier and closer. The results go far beyond weight.
Families will also be encouraged to attend eight weekly fitness sessions at the YMCA - Langara Location on either Saturday or Sunday. Each fun, active, hour-long session is run by a certified fitness instructor and the whole family is invited to participate! Free three-month passes to the YMCA will be provided as incentives to encourage full participation in the eight week program.
Children/adolescents between 6-16 years of age.
Children/adolescents with a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 95%. Children/adolescents with a BMI between 85% and 95% will be considered if certain medical conditions are present.
Both parents and children/adolescents must be prepared to make changes and attend on a regular basis.
At least one parent, who attends the program, must be proficient in English.
**To be considered for our services, please ask your physician or professional health care provider to send us a referral form.
To learn more about the program, download the brochure (PDF 835 KB), or contact us.
Updated: November 18, 2011