We hear the message from our personal physicians as well as the news media: nutrition and physical activity have a dramatic impact on our health. Yet knowing that we need to incorporate certain behaviors into our daily routines doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Many individuals struggle to make lasting changes when it comes to eating and exercise.
Parkview offers help for adults and kids who are ready to make healthy changes. Assistance is available through one-on-one nutrition counseling at any Parkview affiliated hospital or through these programs.
Shapedown is one of the premier weight-management programs in the nation for kids, ages 8 through 18, and their families. With a comprehensive approach based on lifestyle improvement, Shapedown focuses on physical activity, nutrition and family communication.
Each class session includes exercise and practical advice about changing behaviors. Workbooks are available in Spanish and English.
Locally, Parkview Hospital is an authorized provider of the Shapedown program. Parkview offers three sessions each year in a central Fort Wayne location. Each session includes 10 weekly classes (only six weeks in the summer). After attending classes together, families return for monthly follow-up sessions.
A physician referral is required. Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of the program.
We Can!TM is a national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. Developed by the National Institutes of Health, We Can! provides helpful resources that families can use today to prevent childhood obesity. Throughout the year, Parkview offers three We Can! class sessions. Each session includes four nights of fun activity, exercise and helpful information.
The program is free of charge and no physician referral is needed. The class location rotates among a variety of local schools. Educational materials are available in Spanish and English. No body measurements are taken.
The National Institutes of Health
Kohl’s Healthy Kids
Kohl’s Healthy Kids is a community health outreach program developed by Parkview Hospital and funded by a grant from Kohl’s and the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program. With a mission to help promote healthy eating habits and family fitness activities for children and their parents in and around the Fort Wayne area.
The message of Kohl’s Healthy Kids to area families is that simple changes can be implemented quickly to improve the health of their children. Practical tips are presented in area school newsletters as well as through print and broadcast media. As part of the Kohl’s Healthy Kids program, Parkview dietitians also present interactive learning activities at many community festivals and events.