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Healthy You for Life

(757) 668-7035

CHKD’s Healthy You for Life is a comprehensive program designed to help children gain control of their weight to improve their health.

Our Healthy You for Life program was developed in 2001 to help overweight children avoid the medical complications associated with childhood obesity.

Children who weigh more than they should risk serious health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Self-esteem and body image can also suffer. CHKD's Healthy You for Life program can help.

Parents and children will work together focusing on all aspects of weight management, including diet and food planning, physical activity and emotional support.

The program involves both medical clinic visits with yearlong follow-up and health classes.

Healthy You for Life Clinic

Our Healthy You for Life clinic is open to children younger than 16 who have a BMI of 85 percent or higher. With a physician's referral, your child can participate in our Healthy You program. This program features:

  • One-on-one consultations with a physician, registered dietitian, exercise specialist, licensed clinical therapist and a registered nurse.
  • Individual weight management goals and plans.
  • Yearlong follow-up with clinic visits.
  • Intensive 8-week lifestyle class.
  • Counseling sessions with licensed counselor for those children requiring more intensive therapy

For your first clinic appointment, your child will meet with the Healthy You for Life medical director. The first visit takes about two hours, so be sure to bring a healthy drink and snack. Also, have your child dress in comfortable clothes and shoes. Subsequent appointments are with the registered dietitian, physical therapist and licensed clinical social worker.

Clinic Schedule 

Clinics are at the Health Center at Oakbrooke in Chesapeake on the first, second and third Tuesday of the month. The fourth Tuesday of the month, it's at the Health and Surgery Center in Newport News.

Additional clinic appointments will be based on your child's personal assessment. We typically follow the child for one year.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (757) 668-7035. For billing questions, call (757) 668-7050.

Clinic Locations 

Our main clinic is at the Health Center at Oakbrooke in Chesapeake. However, other services such as dietitian, physical therapy and social work are also available at the Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point in Newport News and the NDC Building in Norfolk.

Healthy You for Life Health Class

This series is for children 8-16 who are interested in the fundamentals of nutrition, making healthy lifestyle choices, food portions, exercise options and behavioral modification and self-esteem issues. Lifestyle classes are offered on the southside and the peninsula throughout the year.

Before enrolling in the health classes, children are assessed at the Healthy You for Life Clinic. A physician referral is necessary to qualify for an appointment. Click here to download a referral form.

Classes include:

  • Group setting in which the child and parent learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Opportunity to be with peers struggling with similar weight management concerns.
  • Fun and interactive learning experiences centered on choosing healthy foods and snacks and portion control.
  • Exercise demonstrations illustrating easy ways to incorporate physical activity into daily routines.
  • Discussions on self-esteem and body image.
  • Dietitian-guided supermarket tour to facilitate healthier food selection and preparation techniques.
  • Support, enthusiasm and hope from experts in the field and peer participants.
  • Partnership with the YMCA

    Insurance Information

    The clinic assessment with the program team will be billed to your insurance company. You are responsible for the co-pay.

    Psychotherapy group participation, as well as family and/or individual therapy sessions are an added charge and may be covered by insurance. Visits to the registered dietitian and physical therapist may also be covered by insurance.

    The cost for the lifestyle class series is $35, plus any additional co-pays. Payment must be made before the first class. All fees are non-refundable and you must be an established clinic patient to qualify for class enrollment. 

    For more information about our Healthy You for Life program, contact Jessica Rodriguez at (757) 668-7860 or Jessica.Rodriguez@chkd.org.

    Healthy You for Life Program Location

    (757) 668-7035

    Healthy You Patient Raps About the Program

    Meet the Team

    • Babs Benson, RN, Program Manager 
    • Jessica Rodriguez, Community Outreach Coordinator 
    • Bert Reid, LCSW 
    • Trisha Belford-Cohen, LCSW 
    • Lynn Kistler, MS, Registered Dietician 
    • Mary Jo Haney, Registered Dietician 
    • Kendall Vaughan, Exercise Specialist 
    • Ellen Pelton, Parent Educator 
    • Regina Burkard, Administrative Support