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Shapedown BC

The Shapedown BC program fosters healthy lifestyle changes with families that are learning about healthy eating and active living.


This program provides a holistic approach to weight management issues for children, adolescents, and their families. There are no diets involved in the program


This program is offered in Chinese as well as English. Download the program brochure in Chinese (中文).  

Nutrition education, parental limiting setting, screentime, activity, body image and self-esteem, family meals, communication, and eating out are some of the topics covered at the weekly educational sessions. In addition, families take part in weekly fun activities at their local YMCA or community recreation centre. 

Who is eligible to attend the program? 

  1. Children/adolescents between 6-17 years of age.
  2. Children/adolescents with a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 97th percentile. Children/adolescents with a BMI between 85th and 97th percentile will be considered if certain medical conditions are present.
  3. Both parents and children/adolescents must be prepared to make changes and attend on a regular basis. 

More information

To learn more about the program, download the brochure (PDF 835 KB), or contact us.



How does Shapedown BC work?

Step 1. Physician referral is required 
(referral form for the Chinese speaking program)

Step 2. Child/teen and their family who are eligible, are booked for 2 appointments with the Shapedown BC team. The first is a 4-hour comprehensive medical, psycho-social and lifestyle assessment. The second appointment is a 1-hour feedback session to review the results of the assessment and establish readiness and capacity to attend the program. 

Step 3. The child/teen and their family are invited to attend the next age-appropriate group program. 

What Happens During the Group Sessions?

The intervention is 10 weeks long, two sessions per week:

1. One 2-hour evening session with a 30-minute activity session for the children with a certified fitness instructor.
2. One-hour Family Fun Activity session at the YMCA or community recreation center in your area.


1. Shapedown團隊會提供全面評估及跟進/策劃護理

2. 為期十個星期的小組活動*,每星期有兩次聚會:

  • 小時,其中三十分鐘為兒童/青少年的活動時間
  • 動同樂日
  1. 您需要醫生的轉介
  2. 您子女在6-17歲之間
  3. 您子女正處於不健康的體重 (體重指數/BMI >85%)
  4. 父母與子女必須一同參與這計劃


(referral form for the Chinese speaking program)

More information

To learn more about the program, download the brochure (PDF 835 KB), or contact us.
(Program now available in Chinese - 中文)



Centre for Healthy Weights-Shapedown BC
BC Children’s Hospital
V2-207- Clinical Support Building
Vancouver , BC V5Z 4H4
Phone: 604-875-2345 ext 5984
Fax: 604-875-2388 

Shapedown BC Program in Chinese (中文)
Richmond Public Health
8100 Granville Avenue,
Richmond, BC V6Y 3T6
Phone: 604-233-3129
Fax: 604-233-3198

Fraser Health Healthy Weights Program- Shapedown BC 
Langley Memorial Hospital
Clinical Nutrition
22051 Fraser Highway
Langley, BC V3A 4HA
Phone: 604-514-6000 ext 745319

Fax: 604-533 6454

Central Island Healthy Weights Program – Shapedown BC
Bowen Centre
#39- 1925 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC V9S 1H1
Phone: 250-755-7955
Fax: 250-755-7946

Kamloops Healthy Weights for Children - Shapedown BC
Public Health Unit 519 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2T8
Phone: 250-851-7300
Fax: 250-851-7301

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