Help For Overweight Kids

Resources to help if your child is overweight.
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Initiatives and organizations:

ACTIVATE is a project devoted to giving kids ages 9-12 information on healthy eating and exercise. It is backed by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).


Healthy Weight for Kids Initiative, started in 2002 by the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF), is striving to make an impact on the child obesity front. Working in conjunction with scientists, researchers, educators and experts in the field of nutrition, physical activity and family dynamics, the initiative is hoping to find ways to identify causes of weight gain more easily, assess what it might have to do with home and family relations, and determine how good nutrition and weight self-assessment tools can be positively implemented for maximum effect.


Hearts N' Parks is a national community-based initiative supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Recreation and Park Association. It promotes nutrition and physical activity for kids in local recreational settings. To find a site near you, go to the Hearts N' Parks site or call 1-800-649-3042.


KidShape is a nonprofit program based in Los Angeles for treating child obesity.


The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports supports programs for youth who may be lacking solid nutrition and fitness habits. To date, the ADAF has worked closely with this campaign and has also created 50 $10,000 grants to support statewide programs that promote these values.


NikeGO Nike started a grassroots community project that sets out to pump up and motivate kids all across America to maintain a healthy level of physical activity and exercise. Olympic athlete Marion Jones is a spokesperson.


Just for Kids!, developed at the University of California School of Medicine, offers materials parents can order from the Web site to help guide children to make healthier choices.


The American Dietetic Association provides one of the most comprehensive tools on the internet. There's a search engine that allows parents to look for all sorts of topics related to obesity and kids. There's also a "Find a Dietitian" tool. Plug in your zip code and, voila, you find one in your area. is the Web site for the American Obesity Association. is the Web site of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides listings of dietary and exercise guidelines that anyone can use. Is a good site for parents, kids and teens. Log on, choose your demographic and get started. Kids and teens can learn all about their personal exercise and dietary needs. Colorful and fun. Is the Web site of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As psychology may have a lot to do with weight gain and loss, this site is a great starting point for parents. allows parents to search for weight-loss camps for their kids in a variety of locations.


Guide to Healthy Eating For Kids: How Your Children Can Eat Smart From Five to Twelve (written by various registered dietitians and published by the American Dietetic Association).

Phone a friend:

Hear helpful nutritional advice in recorded messages from ADA experts. Call 1-800-366-1655.


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